Programme During Lockdown

This a writing programme to try whilst we are in Lockdown, some writing prompts to get the brain cells ticking over.


February 22nd                     Wind of change

March 1st                             Parasol in Paris

March 8th                             The health of a fisherman

March 15th                          A positive day

March 22nd                          Write a short story or article – about 500 words – on the theme of ‘volunteering’

March 29th                          Do you really want to do that?

April 5th                                Choose any book, open it at page 32, find line 4 and write down the sentence. Use this to spark off a short play between two characters.

April 12th                              I’m lost, Bamboo

April 19th                              School Reunion

April 26th                              Write a poem or story which includes the words ‘bank’ ‘pillow’ and ‘pyramid’

May 3rd                                 Dialogue: Interview in a police station

May 10th                              Pelargonium was her name

May 17th                              Choose a character from a famous novel and give them a task to complete, e.g. Sherlock Holmes has to bake a Victoria Sponge.

May 24th                              Write an article on the theme of ‘roots’

May 31st                               Drunk in charge of a Chihuahua

June 7th                                ‘How to…’ Describe something you’re knowledgeable about.

June 14th                              Why are you so nervous?            

June 21st                              Curtain call         

June 28th                              ‘I met a traveller from an antique land…’

July 5th                                  Café au lait         

July 12th                                My hero

July 19th                                Bobbles on my hat

July 26th                                Using the prompt ‘useful’ start spontaneous writing for about one minute and keep going even if it’s nonsense.  Now pick one sentence or phrase out of the piece you’ve written and use it to create a short story, article or poem.



Hello, Dear Visitor and welcome to our website.
We are a happy bunch of writers based in Burnley, Lancashire.

As you can probably tell, we enjoy writing. Our meetings are friendly and fun, with a varied and interesting programme, but we do have an underlying professional attitude, We are constantly developing our writing skills, we give useful feedback and suggestions and we seek publication. For us, writing isn’t just a hobby – it’s a way of life.

We are not just a social group, we are friends and we’d love to include you in our circle, so come along one evening and join us. We meet at the Woodman Inn, Todmorden Road, Burnley, BB11 3EX every Monday evening from 8-10 p.m.



Are you bored during this strange Corona Virus time? Here is one suggestion by a Pennine Ink member – Dave Hall. ‘Create your life book in 10 easy steps.’

  • Are you old enough to be isolated by the coronavirus for some months? Then you’re old enough to have memories to enrich the lives of your children and their children and their children.
  • And, due to the ban on movement, you now have the time to capture it all.
  • Perhaps you’ve had the experience of sharing the odd anecdote from your past with a young family member. And seen their interest and even amazement. Now is the time to put it into one volume – with no need to pay to have it published.
  • Today’s youngsters – and those that follow – will love to know what you did at school, the games you played and the home you lived in. How you got your first job. What life was like before computers and when television had three channels in black and white.
  • See  https://afterworknet.com/time-on-your-hands-create-your-life-book-with-these-10-easy-steps/



Monday, 16th December 2019 was the time for our annual Christmas ‘do’. We meet at the Woodman Inn, Todmorden Road, Burnley where we enjoyed an EXCELLENT meal. Linda, the manager of the Woodman made sure everything wsa perfect and that we had a good time.

These photos were taken using the camera on my phone. They are rather blurred and are too bad to be sharpened even using photoshop. That could be a result of the camera having drunk too much wine. But I think it is more likely to have been down to me the photographer!!!

First picture – we’ve finished all our lovely food and moved on to coffee
Second picture –  Alex, our Editor, in his wonderful Christmas jumper presenting Linda with some flowers.  They were just a small token to show our appreciation for everything she does for us, not only at Christmas but throughout the year.




Some of the members of the Pennine Ink Writers at our stall in the Burnley Market Hall on the 5th October selling current and past editions of our magazine.

We also had a half hour slot on the Author Stage where we read some of our poetry, short stories and a song from Alex.