Category Archive: Group Sessions

Aug 08

Photographs as a starting point for a story

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.’ Photographs as a starting point for a story ‘A picture is worth a thousand words?’   Look at a selection of photographs belonging to members. Ask each member to start with two that are not their own and jot down what they can tell, from the photograph: when, where who what why…? Discuss the …

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Jun 20

Six characters in search of a story

Six characters in search of a story (With apologies to Luigi Pirandello) Give the members a list of six characters briefly described. They must use ‘Character Questionnaires’ to add at least 6 -10 characteristics to the profiles each character (no more than 15-20 minutes). As they build up their knowledge of the characters hopefully a …

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Jun 17

Characters in search of a story

Characters in search of a story Some writers begin with a plot that they outline and then fill out with characters and details. Some claim that they ‘just start writing’ with no idea where it is going to go. Others start with a character, or a setting, or a concept or issue that they want …

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Jun 06

Session on Facts and Truth in Writing

Session on Facts and Truth in Writing Ask members to read Facts and Truth in Stories on blog prior to the session and to come along armed with one or more facts that are generally believed but not actually true (QI’s General Ignorance!) eg. Drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics will stop them working. False alcohol …

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Jun 03

From little acorns, literary oaks!

From little acorns, literary oaks!   What fertile ground I have in my writing group! I just lob in a few carefully thought out suggestions and back come amazing ideas and stories. Today we started with single sentences and phrases to see how much we could tell from one line about a story, genre, character…. …

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May 27

A short story in the making

A short story in the making   First draft of a story written in a writing group session by Ray and his reflections on where it might go if he worked on it further. Lost and Found   The desk sergeant looked at the station clock for the sixth time since 11pm, it read 3am, just four …

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May 21

Keeping it short

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Keeping 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 and to make it crisp and well paced. (read Economy of Language and also ‘Sometimes writing less is more’) before beginning this session) NB: …

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Apr 05

Workshop facilitated by Norman Warwick

Workshop facilitated by Norman Warwick For Lanzarote Creative Writing Group 10th March 2017 all following created after read-around and discussion of IF YOU WANT TO WRITE A SONG ABOUT THE MOON  by Paul Simon See Group Session: Workshop: A Song About The Moon  TIME TRAVELS an ensemble work by LCWG   Time passes through the …

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Mar 28

SONG ABOUT THE MOON

SONG ABOUT THE MOON LANZAROTE CREATIVE WRITING GROUP workshop  Bar Cohiba Costa Teguise Friday 10th March 2017 Introduction Sue is away this week, so I’d like to offer this once in a lifetime opportunity to create some wonderful time-stilling poetry that she would be proud to include on the Writers End blog. I cannot promise …

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Mar 17

Group Session: What Drives the story?

Group Session: What Drives the story? Ask members to read the post ‘What Drives the Story’ on the blog before the session and also to bring along their recent work. In the last few sessions we have looked at ‘What’s in a story?’ from the point of view of genres and what they each need …

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