June Rushton – Hurstbridge Creative Writers Group


Written in April 2022.

Is this the first U3A class you’ve tutored?

Yes. But I have given talks about My life on lighthouses and assisted our tutor Bec Hayman while she was studying last year.

Other U3A classes attended?

Latin, physics, Mahjong beginners, felting.

Nillumbik resident?

Yes, for 43 years.

What your students will learn?

Our group allows people to unleash their creative thoughts and to use their imagination. As you learn to clarify your thoughts and refine your knowledge of grammar and punctuation, you learn to develop your own unique voice and think a little more outside the box.

Class structure?

We are a collaborative group with a combination of skills and learning abilities. We have work-shopping every second week where we read and listen to work presented by members. During these sessions, we discuss and critique the style of writing and general grammar and punctuation. This is all done in a respectful and constructive way. During the alternative weeks, we have a lesson on writing methods, styles etc or exercises that improve our writing skills.

Why did you volunteer to run this class?

I have been part of the writing group for many years, I find it very constructive and more importantly very therapeutic being provided with a wonderful, safe, constructive, respectful and confidential environment. I was asked by other members to take over leading our classes when the previous tutor was unable to do so.