July 2015 archive

Jul 30

The Good Girl

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica I enjoyed the The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. It is a psychological thriller with a strong plot, well paced and intriguing. The format, in which we follow the action through the perspectives of the main characters ‘before’ and ‘after’ the kidnapping of Mia, worked for me but I …

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Jul 24

Writing away

Writing away Writing away is a very simple but effective writing exercise which works well if there are quite a few members present to share their, often very varied responses. It is also useful for extra practice of skills which have recently been covered. If  ‘viewpoint’ has been a recent topic then discuss the main …

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Jul 17

Elizabeth is Missing

Elizabeth is Missing. By Emma Healey ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ is a remarkable book. The narrator is Maud, an old lady of eighty two years who has dementia. She is constantly forgetting, even things that happened just a moment ago, but she keeps coming back to the fact that her friend, Elizabeth is missing. No one, …

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Jul 10

Choosing an ending for your story

Choosing an ending for your story. We often start stories in the group and find we are short of time to complete them, so let’s move a bit more quickly to the endings! Task Make up a story and tell the beginning and the middle in a 200 word synopsis. We are then going to …

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