Monthly Archive: February 2014

Feb 25

Book Review: A Tale For The Time Being

Book Review: A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki A Tale For The Time Being is a stunning book, absorbing and fascinating. I found the opening strange and was unsure at first but before long I was finding it hard to put down, whilst becoming increasingly aware that I would be sorry when …

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Feb 18

Creative Writing Workshop Part 2

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The Creative Writing Workshop Part 2 04 February 2014 Part 2: The afternoon. The afternoon session began with Activity 3: Focus on the Action which encouraged everyone to practice showing how characters felt by describing their actions, rather than writing detailed descriptions of their emotions, and sharing their work within their groups. ********************** Our second speaker …

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Feb 18

Creative Writing Workshop

Creative Writing Workshop 4 February 2014 Part 1: The morning: The full day Creative Writing Workshop was very successful and produced some really good pieces of individual writing, excellent collaborative work, interesting discussion and cross fertilisation of ideas. Basically the day consisted of four writing activities, lunch, two visiting speakers and a prize draw. There …

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Feb 15

Testing your Powers of Description

Testing your powers of description: 1.We are going to begin  by testing your powers of description by thinking about describing ‘nothing’. Choose one of the following titles. Take a few moments to imagine the subject. Visualise it as clearly as you can. Titles:  An empty room A paper bag An empty box A blank sheet …

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Feb 06

Focus on the Action

Focus on the Action   Stories are essentially about what happens, so focus on the action in your writing. The psychology and emotions of the main characters may be very important, more so in some genres than others, but should be implied if they are thrillers, detective novels, adventures, quests, romances and so on, by …

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