July 2013 archive

Jul 30

Writing Practice

Writing Practice. Practice makes perfect, they say. Simple practice at weaving words. Two simple writing exercises for session fillers, home-works or just writing practice. 1. Write down the first thing you think of…. A kitchen utensil A book title Something you write with A piece of jewellery An item of clothing Something you eat A …

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Jul 28

Writing To Prepare Speeches

Writing To Prepare Speeches Session 25 Ask the members to read ‘Speeches’ on the blog: writersend.com in Advice and Information, before the class. Prepare copies of the hand out * to * below. Read out: One of the most famous speeches in history is only ten sentences long. Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is recognised, not …

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Jul 20

Speeches

Speeches One of the most famous speeches in history is only ten sentences long. Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is recognised, not just by virtually every American in the world, but by thousands of other people worldwide. It is short, to the point, passionate, dramatic and relevant not just to the American Civil War but to …

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Jul 13

Punctuation

A Little Bit of Punctuation Just for fun. Punctuation is important. If it is wrong it can completely change the meaning of the sentence and if reading out loud the reader needs to know where to pause for breath. Can you punctuate the following: Larry where Joe had had had had had had had had …

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Jul 09

Summarising

Summarising. As a practical skill many people need to be able to summarise efficiently. Students definitely; they need to read and write notes, which are effectively summaries, for reference and in preparing essays; but also many jobs and professions require summaries of meetings, reports, accidents or incidents at work, disputes, work-practice changes, articles relevant to …

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Jul 02

Themes in Fiction

Themes in fiction There is at least one successful writer who chooses a theme first and says she spends six months studying and researching before starting to create characters and the storyline. Themes such as infanticide, suicide…… Sometimes, the theme is well explored but the novel itself screams, ‘I have researched this topic and I …

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