Tag: practice

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 20

Law of Unintended Consequences Part 2

Law of Unintended Consequences Part 2 Following the previous session The Law of Unintended Consequences, the  members have a choice. If they started a story that they have engaged with and would like to continue it in class they can do so. If anyone is present who missed the previous session they can do the …

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Oct 16

The Law of Unintended Consequences

The Law of Unintended Consequences We all know that ‘for every action there is a reaction’. Also, we know from experience that sometimes it is possible to do something from good intentions and cause mayhem! ‘The law of unintended consequences!’ Using the idea of ‘What if…? and the mind map format that we used recently …

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Sep 24

A 500 word story: Crossing the Rubicon

A 500 word story   A 500 word story is always a good exercise. there are quite a few competitions for ‘Flash Fiction’ and it is good practice at getting a beginning, a middle and an end into concise language: Crossing the Rubicon Janine wanted to go back. It had been a lovely late-summer’s day …

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Jan 19

Photographs: A writing suggestion.

Photographs: A writing suggestion. The task is to write a story featuring a photograph – Maybe someone finds a photograph that puzzles them/seems to contradict something they ‘knew’ about their family, an event or a person….? Maybe they are looking for a photograph to show to someone, to validate something, to check their memory….? Maybe …

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Jul 25

Finding Inspiration for your Writing Out and About 1

Finding Inspiration for your Writing Out and About   There are all sorts of places to look for inspiration when you are out and about. (But do remember to carry a notebook!) Airports  and train or bus stations: Look at the people around you. Observe what they are wearing and their facial expressions. Where is …

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Feb 27

Writing Group Session: Unpacking Conversation.

  Writing Group Session: Unpacking Conversation Task 1. To show how important dialogue can be in a story, let’s look at just part of a conversation and see just how much we can guess about what is going on in the story.   Look at the following passages and jot down what you can tell …

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Jan 29

‘Practice makes Perfect’

‘Practice makes Perfect’ ‘Practice makes Perfect’ they say, but what exactly does that mean? Is doing something over and over again going to improve what you do? Maybe, but what if you are not doing it well? Reinforcing bad habits is not a recipe for improvement. Repetition is definitely part of what we mean by …

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Jul 24

Writing away

Writing away Writing away is a very simple but effective writing exercise which works well if there are quite a few members present to share their, often very varied responses. It is also useful for extra practice of skills which have recently been covered. If  ‘viewpoint’ has been a recent topic then discuss the main …

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Feb 17

Getting it Right and Getting it Written

Getting it Right and Getting it Written   ……. don’t get it right, get it written” ….. we bashed this whole concept around for a while. The merits of revision (getting it right) after initial inspiration (getting it written)…..and then we had to write a passage inspired by the concept itself…..   “Don’t get it …

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