January 2018 archive

Jan 20

Title? Action? Characters?

Title? Action? Characters? A Writing Exercise Read ‘Characters first?’ before the class. You are going to be given a list of best selling books. Hopefully you will have read one or more of them. If not you can add to the list but please choose well-known books or plays. a) Choose a book and write …

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Jan 14

The story in the song?

The story in the song? Our exercise this week was called ‘Write another story’. We started with a song title. Each member was asked to choose a song title at random; it could be one they liked or had an affinity with or just the first one that came into their head. They were then …

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Jan 13

The Girl Who Came Back by Kerry Wilkinson

The Girl Who Came Back by Kerry Wilkinson Little Olivia Adams disappeared from the garden of her family home when she was six years old. Her father had left her playing while he popped indoors to use the bathroom but the media reported that he had left her alone for much longer while he watched …

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Jan 08

Artistic Licence

Artistic Licence Think of something that has happened to you that was potentially more exciting, funny or disastrous than it actually turned out eg. Someone makes a pass but it turns out they were not speaking to you and you came dangerously close to ‘making a fool of yourself’. Someone picks up your shopping with …

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Jan 03

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow By Amor Towles In post-revolutionary Russia Count Alexander Rostov is considered an ‘unrepentant aristocrat’. Placed under house arrest in the Hotel Metropol in Moscow, he is escorted not to his previous sumptuous suite but to a small attic room. Through decades of change and political upheaval The Count remains cut off …

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