Tag: writing groups

Nov 05

An object, a picture and a line

An object, a picture and a line Take into class an assortment of small objects, as many and as varied as you can manage eg a matchbox, a postcard, a candle snuffer, a pair of glasses, a lemon squeezer, a paper knife, a bottle opener……. You also need a selection of small pictures which can …

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Oct 30

Though his words were slurred their meaning was clear.

Though his words were slurred their meaning was clear. Sometimes all you need to lift your writing and make it more interesting is a really good sentence, or even just a turn of phrase. Cut up and hand out : Look at the sentence below. What is your first impression of the character who says …

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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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Jun 20

Six characters in search of a story

Six characters in search of a story (With apologies to Luigi Pirandello) Give the members a list of six characters briefly described. They must use ‘Character Questionnaires’ to add at least 6 -10 characteristics to the profiles each character (no more than 15-20 minutes). As they build up their knowledge of the characters hopefully a …

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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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Apr 03

Writing about writing groups

Writing about writing groups In the January issue of Writing Magazine one of our regular visitors, Patricia Maw had an article published about the writing group that she belongs to in Brixham in Devon. She is always a welcome addition to the Lanzarote Creative Writing Group when she visits the island, for several weeks once …

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Feb 28

Author, Author!

Author, Author!     Author, Author! is the traditional cry at the end of a brilliant performance.   If we may call the talk given by author Harry Dunn, to our writing group, ‘a performance’ then we should send up the cry. The group met in the Clock House Tavern on Friday 26 February 2016 …

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Feb 25

Ten Years (of Creative Writing)

TEN YEARS Chris Want, one of our original members has written this poem in celebration of ten years of Creative Writing in Lanzarote. We formed the group in February 2005 and celebrated with a party on 24 February 2015.   What is ten years? Nought but a flash, Barely a blink on earth’s fast dash …

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Jan 20

Ten Years of Creative Writing

Ten Years of Creative Writing   We will be celebrating Ten Years of Creative Writing in February 2015. CALLING ALL MEMBERS, PAST AND PRESENT TO HELP US CELEBRATE! The first meeting of the Lanzarote Creative Writing Group took place in February 2005 at The Crafty Cow, Montaña Tropical in Puerto del Carmen. Since then we have …

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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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