Tag: :Writing prose

Nov 10

Over-writing or good description?

Over-writing or good description? Before the session ask members to read ‘Economy of language’. Select two passages from a book that you find to be overwritten or too verbose. Give half the group one passage and half the other, each with a short introduction to the genre and plot of the novel. Members should first …

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Oct 02

All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr

All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr ‘All the light we cannot see’ by Anthony Doerr is beautifully written with wonderful attention to detail. The story may be a little contrived but it is so sensitively written that you cannot help but empathise with each of the to main characters, both victims of …

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Dec 27


Punctuation Starting from very little information Explain: You are going to be given a short passage. Read it to yourself, carefully. Do not read it out loud or ask questions at this stage. Think about what could be happening, what could have happened so far leading up to this, who is speaking/writing, what might happen …

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Apr 30

Creating the setting

Creating the setting   NB. Ask members to read ‘establishing the setting’ before the session   When thinking about creating the setting for your story it is helpful to find things that can be used to help to create atmosphere, rather than just provide a physical description of where the action takes place. It is …

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Apr 24

Avoid Repetition of Words and Improve Your Writing

Avoid Repetition of Words and Improve your Writing   A simple check, when editing, will ensure that you avoid repetition of words, and improve your writing. Using the same word, several times close together in a text is irritating on the eye, and suggests a lack of appropriate vocabulary. Even in published novels you can …

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Apr 11

Visit by Gerry Kreibich to Lanzarote Creative Writing Group

Visit by Gerry Kreibich to Lanzarote Creative Writing Group Friday 04 April 2014 We were very happy to have a visit by Gerry Kreibich, to Lanzarote Creative Writing Group recently in which he entertained us with anecdotes, liberally sprinkled throughout his very informative and interesting talk about journalism, and his experience as a lecturer in …

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Sep 14

Punctuation (the only way?)

Punctuation (the only way?) Session 30 NB. Ideally you need a copy of ‘Eats Shoots and Leaves’ by Lynne Truss, or examples of passages where a change in punctuation completely changes the meaning, which you may find on the internet. We have discussed punctuation before and looked at examples of how very different the meaning …

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Jun 30

César Manrique

Cactus Garden

César Manrique And The island Of Lanzarote By Sue Almond. The Tate galley in London has some of his paintings, he had an exhibition at the Catherine Viviano Gallery in new York in the 1960s and has enjoyed fame in many parts of the world, as well as in Spain, but César Manrique’s most unique …

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Jun 12

Why do you write?

Why do you write? (A forum question, found on the Internet, April 2013)   The fact that I felt compelled to write on this topic, when it turned up on a writing Forum, is part of the answer. I do recommend all wannabe writers should think about this question. The answer might be instructive in …

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