Category: Group Sessions

Feb 11

Write another story

Write another story Take any song title; an old favourite, one you have a special affinity with, just one you think of on the spur of the moment or even one that you do not like or have never understood! Focus on the title. Think just about the words of the title, what they mean, …

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Jan 29

Whose perspective?

Whose perspective? You are going to write a short story in first person narrative. The setting is a small supermarket. Imagine three characters: One is a shopper who sees another customer put something in their pocket and continue shopping. The second character is the person they have observed and who has caught their eye briefly …

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Jan 25

Cliff hangers and page turners

Cliff hangers and page turners ‘I’ll just read one more chapter.’ How often do we say that at bed time, before starting a chore, when we really should be getting on with something else, but we turn over to the start of another chapter because we really want to know what happens next. There are …

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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 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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Dec 27

Get on with the story!

Get on with the story!   This exercise requires flexibility and mental agility. You will need to get on with the story and not dwell on descriptive passages, unnecessary detail or character descriptions. It might be a good idea to play a couple of rounds of a Tabletop Game such as Word Bluff or lateral …

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Dec 14

Mr Men characters in a story

Mr Men characters in a story     Mr Men and Mrs Women! Ask members to read ‘Getting the Character In? http://writersend.com/2013/02/23/getting-a-character-in/ before the class. Briefly discuss getting a character in and give more examples: Ian McEwan: Enduring Love ‘—-the girl was being helped through the menu by her father who, like me these days, …

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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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