January 2016 archive

Jan 31

Poem by Ray Targett: Loneliness

Poem by Ray Targett: Loneliness   This is a reflective poem relating to ageing and loneliness … Loneliness Old man, old man, all alone, Sit you yet in your humble home? Dreaming of childhood, adolescence, Your life past, your life present. Friendships made, friendships lost, You were never one to count the cost. There’s no loving …

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Jan 31

Poem by Ray Targett: London’s Died

Poem by Ray Targett: London’s Died Ganja ganja ganja dealers Crackheads Smack heads True Childhood stealers London streets Paved with gold Not for The poor and old. bankers wined bankers dined In the city pockets  lined Corporate greed redefined The Windsor clan Saviour of the upper classes Viewing life Through  rose tint glasses Opiate to …

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Jan 29

‘Practice makes Perfect’

‘Practice makes Perfect’ ‘Practice makes Perfect’ they say, but what exactly does that mean? Is doing something over and over again going to improve what you do? Maybe, but what if you are not doing it well? Reinforcing bad habits is not a recipe for improvement. Repetition is definitely part of what we mean by …

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Jan 26

Greengage farm

  Greengage Farm. Greengage farm is a short story that came out of one of our writing sessions: ‘Keep it Short’ Written by Ray Targett What a load of old tosh, what a pathetic superstition, the vicissitudes of life grinding him exceeding small, despite his unshakeable belief in the talismanic icon which adorned the stable …

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Jan 25

The Right Type of Ending can Make your Story

The Right Type of Ending Can Make your Story Read ‘ Choosing an ending for your story’ and ‘Writing Endings for your Story’ before the session. As with the session ‘Choosing an Ending…’ we are going to start by making up a story and telling the beginning and the middle in a 200 word synopsis. …

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Jan 23

Writing Endings for your Stories

Writing Endings for your Stories Bringing a story to a satisfying and satisfactory ending is an important skill. If you write, as many do, by letting the story unfold, with minimal advance planning and no real idea how it is going to end then it takes discipline to decide on the best type ending. If …

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Jan 17

Keep it Short

Keep it short   You are going to write a very short story with, a beginning, a middle and an end in 500 words. The aim is to write well, keep the language concise (read Economy of Language before beginning this session) and to make it crisp and well paced. NB. A beginning does not …

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Jan 12

Active and Passive Detail

Active and passive Detail When we read the setting of a piece, the description of the background, we do not usually dissect it but take for granted the artifice that goes into bringing the scene to life. The eye of the narrator is not ‘a camera’, just capturing in description a static image of the …

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Jan 08

Writing about violence

Writing about violence 1. We will start with a short piece of writing describing a scene in which two children are fighting. They can be any age from about four years to fourteen. Decide what they are arguing about and describe what happens as they get into a physical tussle. How does it start? What happens? …

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