Category: Group Sessions

Dec 04

Focus on one character

Focus on one character Task 1   In the first exercise ask each member to think of a character. To do this quickly it might help to think of a real person, who is unknown to the group. In a maximum of five lines describe your character. Focus on attitudes, circumstances and personality rather than …

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Dec 01

Moving swiftly along!

Moving swiftly along! Writing Group Session 01 December 2017 Today we needed to be alert and sharp for a exercise that required some flexibility and mental agility. I thought it might be a good idea to play a round or two of a word game, just to get the grey cells going first? Hmm, not sure …

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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 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 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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Oct 30

Though his words were slurred their meaning was clear.

Though his words were slurred their meaning was clear. Sometimes all you need to lift your writing and make it more interesting is a really good sentence, or even just a turn of phrase. Cut up and hand out : Look at the sentence below. What is your first impression of the character who says …

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Oct 28

Writing Group Update 27 October 2017

Writing Group Update 27 October 2017 We had a rather disjointed start to our session today due to the late opening of the bar and the very intrusive and at times quite rude behaviour of the waitress. She was oblivious to our hints and determined to insinuate herself into the group and constantly interrupted rather …

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