November 2017 archive

Nov 30

Grab the readers’ attention!

Grab the readers’ attention. Attention grabber? Following the previous week’s session, ‘Titles First’ in which some of the discussion focused on what they can or should reveal about the story and how they can intrigue, this week’s session title was ‘Action First’. We started with openings, of not more than three sentences and we had …

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Nov 29

Action first

Action First Homework:  Ask members to read the link before class http://writersend.com/2013/05/24/where-to-start/   AND do No 1: Write an opening in not more than 3 sentence which will catch the readers curiosity and interest immediately, set in a shop or a cemetery. Sometimes you just know from the first sentence that a book is going …

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Nov 26

Titles First

Titles First Homework: Before class ask everyone to read ‘Titles’ and to jot down a word or phrase that they think would make a good title for a story.   Sometime a word or phrase just shouts out that it would make a good title for a story or a novel. Equally sometimes even after …

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Nov 25

The Pick, The Spade and the Crow By Bill Rogers

The Pick, The Spade and the Crow By Bill Rogers After ten excellent police procedural novels featuring Tom Caton, as his main character, author Bill Rogers now takes us, along with one of Tom’s old team, into the National Crime Agency. Senior Investigator, Jo Stuart begins an investigation into the death of a man, whose …

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Nov 20

Law of Unintended Consequences Part 2

Law of Unintended Consequences Part 2 Following the previous session The Law of Unintended Consequences, the  members have a choice. If they started a story that they have engaged with and would like to continue it in class they can do so. If anyone is present who missed the previous session they can do the …

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Nov 15

Waiting for Callback

Waiting for Callback By Perdita and Honor Cargill Elektra wants to be an actor, even if that means dressing up as a spider, pretending to be a carrot for an audition! When Elektra goes to auditions mum goes too, and as Elektra moves from her local acting class into the hands of a ‘legitimate’ agent …

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Nov 10

Over-writing or good description?

Over-writing or good description? Before the session ask members to read ‘Economy of language’. Select two passages from a book that you find to be overwritten or too verbose. Give half the group one passage and half the other, each with a short introduction to the genre and plot of the novel. Members should first …

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Nov 05

An object, a picture and a line

An object, a picture and a line Take into class an assortment of small objects, as many and as varied as you can manage eg a matchbox, a postcard, a candle snuffer, a pair of glasses, a lemon squeezer, a paper knife, a bottle opener……. You also need a selection of small pictures which can …

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Nov 02

Nomad By James Swallow

Nomad By James Swallow Nomad by James Swallow is a modern spy thriller. Typically the central character is a slightly unlikely hero and is falsely accused of treachery, meaning that he is running from everyone, including ‘his own side’ whilst trying to prove his innocence. In this case Marc Dane is the only survivor of …

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