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Dec 20

Serious Editing and Cutting

Serious Editing and Cutting   Inexperienced writers tend to find it difficult to embark on serious editing and cutting back of their work. Once they have put time and effort into writing something, many writers are loathe to discard what they have produced but it is necessary to become more ruthless if you want to …

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Dec 16

Book Review: Things We Never Said by Susan Elliot Wright

Book Review:Things We Never Said by Susan Elliot Wright   I liked the book, The Things We Never Said’by Susan Elliot Wright, although at first I was unsure as there seemed to be two totally distinct plots set in two, different periods. I was finding it a little difficult to move between the two for …

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Dec 12

Economy of Language in Stories

Economy of Language in Stories Economy of language in writing stories means keeping it concise and to the point, but there is no one way to do anything. If you are writing a poetic description to evoke a lazy atmosphere and peaceful unhurried pace of life, as well as identifying plants and flowers, which should …

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Nov 05

Characters in a Story

Characters in a Story  Session 35 We are going to look at getting to know characters in a story through their interaction.. Often the characters in a story or novel are known to each other. They may be family, friends, lovers, colleagues. This session starts with a group of strangers. Starting with character traits: It …

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Oct 25

Colourful Writing

Colourful Writing   Session 33 Write a short description/opening, between 100 and 200 words each, for three of the following. Try to make them colourful in that they reveal something about the characters and their moods or dispositions. 1.A grave is being dug, by a single digger, who is alone. It is raining. 2.A lady …

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Oct 21

Book Reviews Bee Season by Myla Goldberg and 11.22.63 by Stephen King

Book reviews Bee Season by Myla Goldberg and 11.22.63 By Stephen King   Book Reviews Bee Season by Myla Go ldberg Eliza, an ‘unremarkable’ nine year old discovers an aptitude for competitive spelling. Her success undermines the dynamics of the gifted Naumann family. Father, Saul absorbed in mysticism, her mother, a distant but brilliant lawyer …

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Oct 07

Adding Colour in Story Telling

Adding Colour in Story telling   Particularly in short stories you cannot afford to waste words on too much detailed description and in any piece it can be more interesting if you just set the scene, not with direct description, but as the area where the action takes place. From beneath the car port, which …

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Oct 03

Writing Characters:Points of View

Writing Characters:Points of View Points of View   Session 32 Writing task: A Family Gathering: Keep it tight. Choose one point of view but write in the third person. Choose one of the following:   1. A child behaves badly at a family gathering eg. Sulking or showing off and answering back. The parents feel …

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Sep 22


Poetry   The Kite by Patricia Payne. We flew his kite, my grandson and I. With the wind beneath it skimmed the sky. First to the left and then to the right It was such a colourful sight. Orange, green, purple and red, On the way down it just missed his head. Up again, swirling …

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Aug 29

THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak

THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak I was not prepared for this book. I did not expect it to be such an emotional read! Death, as the narrator, is very effective. I liked the bulletins and summaries and the unusual use of language which works brilliantly to evoke meaning through quirky use of vocabulary and …

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