Ruby’s writers group the Quills sharpen their pens
Be prepared to bring your A-game when joining a Quills group meeting. The group of keen writers at Ruby by Living Gems meets weekly to share their writings and play ‘beat the clock’ writing exercises where brevity and wit are rewarded.
Anywhere up to 20 people meet in Ruby’s arts and craft studio where they work on longer form stories, flash fiction, poems and more. The group has been running for five years, and the 200th homework assignment has just been issued.
“We all have our areas of writing interest,” said convenor Francie Goodie. “I enjoy writing science fiction stories. We’ve had other members who’ve written steamy romances, and a current member's go-to is zombie stories.”
Including poets, novelists, memoirists and more, the Quills are open to writers of all levels of experience.
“Not everyone has a desire to be a published author,” she says. “All that’s required to join our group is the desire to write.”