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Mar 30

Story Cubes – Rory’s Story Cubes.

Story Dice

Story Cubes Session 12 I found these on Amazon, quite reasonably priced and a great resource for all ages. The symbols can be interpreted in any way and this makes them totally flexible, fun but capable of sparking ideas for a really good story. The are called Rory’s Story Cubes. I bought them from Amazon …

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Mar 06

Journalism and Writing Articles

Journalism and Writing Articles   I was writing regularly for a magazine and when I told them I was going to Sri Lanka they commissioned this piece: Discovering another island: a personal reflection. We flew towards the sunrise as we approached Sri Lanka. The outskirts of Colombo; busy, noisy, horns blaring, cars, motor bikes, tuk …

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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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Feb 23

Getting A Character ‘In’.

Getting A Character ‘In’. In his book ‘How Fiction Works’ James Wood says: There is nothing harder than the creation of a fictional character. I can tell it from the number of apprentice novels I read that begin with descriptions of photographs……. He means that when some writers describe a character they do it as …

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Feb 21

Madge

Madge   The exercises we do are designed to get us writing regularly; give us practise, ideas for story-lines or appropriate styles, confidence and the opportunity to share with others in a supportive atmosphere. In one session we looked at telling the story through the characters, cutting the explanation and description back. The idea was …

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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

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

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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