Tag: setting

Jun 10

Dressing to set the scene

Dressing to set the scene   Ask the class to read the post ‘Establishing the setting’ before the class. Focus on clothing. It has always worked as a visual clue, on book covers (Ideally have a couple of good examples to hand) or in film for example where the period pieces are easily established, as …

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May 05

A True Story

A True Story.   Although he was unable to attend the session ‘Creating the setting‘ one of our members, Ray, decided to read the post ‘Establishing the setting’ and have a go at the writing task He came up with this piece, based, he assures me, on a true story:   I remember it like yesterday, a …

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Oct 28

From Writer to Author in Easy Steps Part 2

From Writer to Author in Easy Steps Part 2 You can read part one by clicking the link at the end of this post     Writing Your Début Novel; ‘From Writer to Author in Easy Steps Part 2’, by successful detective fiction writer, Bill Rogers, continues the series that promises ‘….to take folks from …

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May 13

Lanzarote: Unspoiled Island

Lanzarote: Unspoiled Island. By Sue Almond It is a fact that there is only one ‘high -rise’ building on the whole of the island of Lanzarote. The Gran Hotel in Arrecife, the capital, stands out as an easily identifiable landmark from land, sea and air.   One of the reasons why so much of the …

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May 08

Capturing The Setting

Capturing The Setting Session 19 (You need a copy of ‘The Ghost’ by Robert Harris for this session.) Read out from page 107 of Robert Harris: The Ghost, the brief but evocative ‘description’ of the 60s. Make a list of words events characters etc that you would mention if you were trying to capture the …

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Mar 25

Figures Of Speech

Figures Of Speech   Sometimes what we read is not meant to be taken literally, it may need to be interpreted. If something is ‘literal’ then it means what it says, clearly and simply, exactly as written. Figurative language, needs to be interpreted. It is useful to aid description, provoke imagination and create imagery, especially …

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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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Feb 21


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 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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