Category: Group Sessions

Mar 12

Visual Stimuli: Pictures

Visual Stimuli: Pictures Session 10 A cheap and simple, but effective resource is a good selection of pictures cut from magazines, comics, newspapers etc. (It is useful, if you have the time, to mount them on card as you will be able to reuse them in different ways and they will stand up to more …

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Mar 04

Language In Conflict

Language In Conflict Session 9 Prior to this session collect a selection of suitable magazines and newspapers, including local newspapers. You need reports of crimes, court reports and reviews of books, films, plays. Also ask members to read, and if possible cut out and bring in, further examples. Copies of one or more novels by …

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Mar 02

Three word lists

Three word lists Session 8 Sometimes it is legitimate to ask, ‘Do we always need to know what words mean?’ and also maybe,’Can we sometimes usefully make up the meanings of words?’ I think you can, if only to show how very important context is to understanding. A simple exercise for a writing group is …

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Feb 12

Dialogue In Time and Place.

  (You will need copies of the two poems mentioned; you can find them easily on the internet, and the Shakespeare dialogue, in the original and the transposed version The latter cut up into individual lines.) Keeping the dialogue in character is very important to ensure the reader finds it convincing. For a light hearted …

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Feb 12

Vocabulary and Opening Paragraphs

  Session 6 To make your writing more interesting you need to develop a wide vocabulary. For example what does this sentence mean? It was a nice day. Does it mean that the weather was fine? Does it mean that you had an enjoyable day? ‘Nice’ is a very overworked word! Improving your vocabulary will …

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Feb 12

Senses 2

  Session 5 We have used and discussed noting down things that we see, and maybe also things that we overhear, and we have used touch to explore an item and tried to engage as many senses as possible in gathering information. (Senses 1.) Discussions about which sense you would choose, if you had to …

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Feb 12

Sources

  Session 3 ‘Write about what you know.’ At one level this is strange advice as it is impossible to write down something that you do not ‘know’ at some level. It is usually taken to mean that your writing should be more convincing if you are writing about things, places, settings that are familiar. …

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Feb 12

Getting to know you

Session 2 (Welcome any new members. Ask them for their contact details and give them a copy of the handout from last week.) Invite a discussion of the diaries/note books suggested last week: Who wrote every day? Was it easier if done at the same time each day? Who started but did not keep it …

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Feb 12

Getting off the Blank Page

  As people arrive, ask them to write their name and contact information on a sheet of paper on a table by the door, just in case you have to cancel or change a session. At this point you might like to give out a short handout. It is reassuring to feel that there are …

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