April 2015 archive

Apr 30

Creating the setting

Creating the setting   NB. Ask members to read ‘establishing the setting’ before the session   When thinking about creating the setting for your story it is helpful to find things that can be used to help to create atmosphere, rather than just provide a physical description of where the action takes place. It is …

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Apr 28

Writing for Radio

Writing for Radio   Writing for radio obviously has constraints and conventions that are specific to the medium.  Talking books or a programme like ‘Book at bedtime’ are mostly a matter of finding a skilled reader with a good reading style and voice. Radio Plays are a very different matter and call for a writer …

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Apr 26

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie   Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a very readable book. It does not require any existing knowledge of Nigeria or of America. I feel I learned a lot about both and even more about perspectives on race and colour. It is Ifemelu’s story and begins from her point of …

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Apr 23

Establishing the setting

Establishing the setting   When thinking about establishing the setting for your story it is helpful to find things that can be used to help to create atmosphere, rather than just provide a physical description of where the action takes place. It is actually not necessary for the reader to imagine the physical scene exactly …

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Apr 20

Weave me a story of people you know

Weave me a story of people you know Think of at least two, preferably three people that you know quite well, but who do not know each other. They can be from different times in your life and you can change their names. Write down, as accurately as you can, the most striking/significant things about …

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Apr 15

The Fishing Fleet by Anne de Courcy

The Fishing Fleet by Anne de Courcy Fascinating material, the Fishing Fleet by Anne de Courcy is clearly well researched but the structure of the book made it difficult to keep track of the people featured. It is arranged in ‘topics’ and the same people crop up in different sections (by which time you have …

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Apr 12

Empathy with your Characters

Empathy with your Characters A Letter to the Author Character profiles make you ask questions about your characters to discover things that you might get to know about real people that you meet, over time; things only a person’s very best friends or family would know and things that a real person might keep totally …

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Apr 09

Evie’s Story

Evie’s Story Continuation of the story from Group Session ‘Viewpoint’ Ray’s version of ‘What happens next’ in the story featured in the session Chapter 2. Evie joined her husband, father and guests in the dining room where those assembled enjoyed what they considered a delightful repast, the conversation flowing as were the finest vintage wines. …

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Apr 06

Gold by Chris Cleave

Gold by Chris Cleave   Three athletes, one trainer, one sick child; all the main characters in Gold, by Chris Cleave, have equal weight.Their stories are cleverly woven together to give all five a ‘central role’. At times Zoe is harder to like but there is always the hint of a trauma that will explain …

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Apr 01

World Book Night 2015

World Book Night 2015 23 April 2015 (This Year’s Titles can be found here) Once again volunteers will be giving away copies of books chosen from a variety of genres, different styles and authors in order to  share the love of reading, inspire others to read and ‘Celebrate Reading’ on 23 April, UNESCO’s International Day of …

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