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Nov 07

Marketing your Book. Part 2: Using facebook

Marketing your Book. Part 2: Using facebook Advertising works as evidenced by the millions spent on doing it by large successful companies, so marketing your book is vital. As every successful writer knows, the day when you dot the last ‘i’ and cross the last ‘t’ is not ‘The End’ especially in these days of …

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Apr 15

Books, Books and More Books for World Book Day.

Books and Rose

Books, Books and More Books for World Book Day.   How can two famous writers both have 23 April as the anniversary of their death and have died 11 days apart? I’ll come back to that, get your thinking caps on. St George´s Day, 23 April is celebrated in England, as St George is the …

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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

Practice

‘I have to start to write to have ideas,’ Francoise Sagan We have already talked about keeping a notebook, a practice that many writers recommend. As well as noting down things that you observe and stray ideas you can use your notebook in a variety of ways. If you can get into the habit of …

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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

Senses 1

Senses 1 Session 4 You are going to go straight into a short writing task in this session. Place three objects on a table where everyone can see them. They can be anything at all, a wine glass, milk jug, a small ornament, a pair of binoculars; it is not important. Give them three or …

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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

The Power of Words

The Power of Words A good vocabulary is an important tool for any writer. It does not matter whether you are a novelist, a journalist, a prolific letter writer, a poet or a blogger….. you need words. Most people have a much larger vocabulary than they realise, apparently we all know about 40,000 words. But, …

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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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