Try your hand at creative writing or learn to jive

Are you looking for something new to do this month? The Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Center in Limavady gives you the chance to develop your creative writing skills in a new course led by acclaimed writer, Anne McMaster, or join in for a series of jiving lessons. The Writing Habit begins September 8 from 7-9 p.m. for a four-week term, providing a warm environment filled with literary information, writing tips, and inspiring exercises to help writers strengthen their writing practice.

Creative sprints (short periods of writing during each session) will allow writers to develop drafts in response to creative prompts, while tutor and group feedback will provide guidance to each writer as they go. they will build their confidence in writing. All genres of writing and writers of varied experience are welcome. The course costs £40, or £36 concession. “Forget inspiration,” writes Octavia Butler, “habit is more reliable. Habit will sustain you whether you are inspired or not. Habit is perseverance in practice.

Jiving became fashionable in Britain after World War II

Following the success of previous classes, the center is delighted to welcome back Derry Dancing for another ‘Learn to Jive’ dance class starting Wednesday 14th September from 7-8pm for four weeks.

Jiving is a faster version of the swing and shares a lot with it, from footwork to underarm turns to pivots and more.

It evolved from early swing dances like boogie-woogie and jitterbug.

During World War II, American soldiers brought it to Europe, especially here in the UK, where it became very popular with the younger generation.

Roe Valley classes are suitable for beginners and complete beginners, and you can expect a fun-to-learn, choreographed jive routine that will be easy to remember. All classes use a variety of music that everyone can enjoy. These classes are a great way to meet people, gain confidence and get you dancing. Wear comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear.

Both courses can be booked now by calling 028 7776 0650 or visiting

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