Short Story: The Lively Writers' Group

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Written by
Tracey Goodwin

Narrated by
Toby Hadoke


A fight breaks out at a writing groups weekly meeting.


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There was a fight at writers’ group last night. It was great. The best meeting I’ve ever been to. Definitely worth 2 quid. Where else would you get to watch a fight, flirt with the jailbait Goth chick that writes poetry and get a cup of tea and four biscuits for two pounds?

Nothing exciting normally happens. Our previous excitement benchmark was when Ollie the computer geek read out a story containing the F word. A deathly silence descended. Then Kathleen gave a disapproving sniff and departed and Mrs. Deacon, who always writes about her cat, felt faint and had to drink a glass of water to regain her strength.

An EGM ensued to set language boundaries; the F word was disallowed, and the rudest word henceforth permitted was ‘damn’. Ollie had to write Kathleen a letter of apology to entice her back. I could have done without Kathleen, her disapproving sniffs and her rigorously punctuated, grammatically sound historical sagas,…

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Victor Bort said "A truely humorous, hilariously descriptive story!"
3 years ago
Sandy Wardrope said "Hi Tracey, Just found your tale of woe and can't stop laughing. It is so well written and so descriptive that the characters must be real. I can picture the whole group and can see them all in action playing out their own little dramas. This was really good writing with nothing wasted, a fine story which held me from beginning to end. Only one thing, where and how do I join them? All the best, keep up the good work. Yours, Sandy W."
4 years ago
Jon Radlett said "My reading group (EFL students) wanted to say this: "Thank you for this story. We found it realistic, well-written and funny. We were especially impressed by the way the (female) author created a male narrator so successfully.""
4 years ago
Julian Fields said "Lovely intro to Shortbread and to your work! Very funny. I'll be chasing your other stories now."
6 years ago
Bill Shanks said "Read this story AGAIN. Still very funny, but where's the follow-up Tracy?"
6 years ago
Diane Dickson Guest Editor said "I kept seeing this and meaning to read it and then today I got around to it and I am so very glad that I did. The writing is smooth and skilful and the comedy aspects are great. it is believable (epscially the bit about the Goth and the mini skirt I fear) and for me it captured exactly the atmosphere of some of these groups, not only for writers but gardeners, photographers et al. Super stuff."
7 years ago
Angela Redman said "I loved this story! I could really imagine the characters and the action ... So funny! Thanks very much"
7 years ago
Angela Redman said "I loved this story! I could really imagine the characters and the action ... So funny! Thanks very much"
7 years ago
Kate Smart Guest Editor said "I love this story - great pick - big fan of all of yours Tracy."
7 years ago
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Kirsty Pilcher said "Read Tracey's story and loved it when she first submitted it to Shortbread - so loved it being brought to my attention for this new Friday slot! Great idea to bring stories to us - and certainly makes me want to delve into the site to read/listen to more. Thanks!"
7 years ago
Kirsty Pilcher said "Read Tracey's story and loved it when she first submitted it to Shortbread - so loved it being brought to my attention for this new Friday slot! Great idea to bring stories to us - and certainly makes me want to delve into the site to read/listen to more. Thanks!"
7 years ago
Kirsty Pilcher said "Read Tracey's story and loved it when she first submitted it to Shortbread - so loved it being brought to my attention for this new Friday slot! Great idea to bring stories to us - and certainly makes me want to delve into the site to read/listen to more. Thanks!"
7 years ago
Kirsty Pilcher said "Read Tracey's story and loved it when she first submitted it to Shortbread - so loved it being brought to my attention for this new Friday slot! Great idea to bring stories to us - and certainly makes me want to delve into the site to read/listen to more. Thanks!"
7 years ago
Kirsty Pilcher said "Read Tracey's story and loved it when she first submitted it to Shortbread - so loved it being brought to my attention for this new Friday slot! Great idea to bring stories to us - and certainly makes me want to delve into the site to read/listen to more. Thanks!"
7 years ago
Kirsty Pilcher said "Read Tracey's story and loved it when she first submitted it to Shortbread - so loved it being brought to my attention for this new Friday slot! Great idea to bring stories to us - and certainly makes me want to delve into the site to read/listen to more. Thanks!"
7 years ago
Kirsty Pilcher said "Read Tracey's story and loved it when she first submitted it to Shortbread - so loved it being brought to my attention for this new Friday slot! Great idea to bring stories to us - and certainly makes me want to delve into the site to read/listen to more. Thanks!"
7 years ago
Kirsty Pilcher said "Read Tracey's story and loved it when she first submitted it to Shortbread - so loved it being brought to my attention for this new Friday slot! Great idea to bring stories to us - and certainly makes me want to delve into the site to read/listen to more. Thanks!"
7 years ago
Kirsty Pilcher said "Read Tracey's story and loved it when she first submitted it to Shortbread - so loved it being brought to my attention for this new Friday slot! Great idea to bring stories to us - and certainly makes me want to delve into the site to read/listen to more. Thanks!"
7 years ago
Kirsty Pilcher said "Read Tracey's story and loved it when she first submitted it to Shortbread - so loved it being brought to my attention for this new Friday slot! Great idea to bring stories to us - and certainly makes me want to delve into the site to read/listen to more. Thanks!"
7 years ago
Kirsty Pilcher said "Read Tracey's story and loved it when she first submitted it to Shortbread - so loved it being brought to my attention for this new Friday slot! Great idea to bring stories to us - and certainly makes me want to delve into the site to read/listen to more. Thanks!"
7 years ago
Kirsty Pilcher said "Read Tracey's story and loved it when she first submitted it to Shortbread - so loved it being brought to my attention for this new Friday slot! Great idea to bring stories to us - and certainly makes me want to delve into the site to read/listen to more. Thanks!"
7 years ago
Kirsty Pilcher said "Read Tracey's story and loved it when she first submitted it to Shortbread - so loved it being brought to my attention for this new Friday slot! Great idea to bring stories to us - and certainly makes me want to delve into the site to read/listen to more. Thanks!"
7 years ago
Kirsty Pilcher said "Read Tracey's story and loved it when she first submitted it to Shortbread - so loved it being brought to my attention for this new Friday slot! Great idea to bring stories to us - and certainly makes me want to delve into the site to read/listen to more. Thanks!"
7 years ago
Kirsty Pilcher said "Read Tracey's story and loved it when she first submitted it to Shortbread - so loved it being brought to my attention for this new Friday slot! Great idea to bring stories to us - and certainly makes me want to delve into the site to read/listen to more. Thanks!"
7 years ago
Carolyn Young said "This really made me giggle to myself. The charactures were so true to life I'm sure I've met them. Well done. I think this is a great idea and this was a wonderful story to grab peoples attention. It certainly got mine."
7 years ago
Cathie Devitt said "Enjoyed the story that popped into my inbox. Looking forward to this promt from Shortbread. Good idea as we are all so busy and forget just what a cracking site this is. Well done Tracey! Looking forward to more shprtbread snippets with my mail"
7 years ago
Brian L Morris said "Writers are an odd lot - Writers can be, especially in writer's group, boring. Their gatherings are often the same (in my experience) so I can appreciate how this explosion of hostility would have been something to talk about for a long tine and a welcome break from the usual happenings. Fine piece of writing."
8 years ago
Christine Human said "The Lively Writers Group - Biscuits are very important to a writers group so Tracey clearly writes about real life. A real giggle factor too."
8 years ago

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