Thanks to Flash-Fiction South West for publishing my story ‘Reward Chart’.

I'm in the middle of planning another writing workshop for Trowbridge Museum at the moment, 'Writing Flash-Fiction', so it was a lovely surprise to have a piece of flash fiction accepted by Flash-Fiction South West!  You can read my story 'Reward Chart' here: http://flashfictionsw.co.uk/2012/04/16/reward-chart/

Why bother with Creative Writing workshops and courses?

Anyone who's attended a Creative Writing class or workshop, or who has studied Creative Writing at any level, will have been asked the following question at least once: "Can you teach/be taught Creative Writing?" Here's what I say in response: It isn't so much about teaching as about being immersed in a writing community for… Continue reading Why bother with Creative Writing workshops and courses?

Poems from my recent Writing Workshops at Trowbridge Museum

Poems from my recent Writing Workshops at Trowbridge Museum

Trowbridge Museum is continuing to support writing in the community by publishing some of the poems that emerged from my recent Writing Poetry Workshops.  During these sessions we read a range of poems by different writers - all the details are listed on previous posts - and I set short writing exercises loosely structured on the poems under scrutiny.  It's fascinating to read how members of the group interpreted the writing prompts.

Lovely to have my story ‘The Weight and the Shape’ on National Flash Fiction Day’s website

Very happy to be involved with National Flash Fiction Day on May 16th.  You can read my story, 'The Weight and the Shape' on their wonderful website.  Lots of information about competitions, submissions and everything FlashFiction is up there too. http://www.nationalflashfictionday.co.uk/josephinecorcoran.html

Very pleased to have a tiny story on Paragraph Planet today

My 75 word story, 'Competition', is featured on the creative writing website, Paragraph Planet, today. You can read it here: 'Competition' by Josephine Corcoran

Workshop Three at Trowbridge Museum: Simon Armitage and other poets

For my final March workshop at Trowbridge Museum, on UNESCO World Poetry Day, March 21, 2012, we started by reading Paul Farley's poem 'I Ran All the Way Home' (after Joe Brainard) and used the repeated phrase "I remember" as a warm-up exercise to write memories, as detailed or as fleeting as the group wished.… Continue reading Workshop Three at Trowbridge Museum: Simon Armitage and other poets

Writer in School: I sat in the quiet classroom and I heard……

This was a writing workshop with 90 children, split into three mixed-age groups, half Year 6 (10 and 11 year olds) and half Year 1 (5 and 6 year olds).  The theme of the workshop was 'listening' and the children started by writing continuously for about three minutes, listing all the sounds they could hear… Continue reading Writer in School: I sat in the quiet classroom and I heard……

Writing Poetry Workshops at Trowbridge Museum: Workshop Two – Ted Hughes and other poets, March 3rd, 2012

As with the previous workshop, participants were varied in age and experience.  My aims, again, were to introduce new poems to the group and to facilitate new writing. Here is a summary of poems read and writing prompts/exercises: Ted Hughes' 'Hands' was used as a prompt to write about someone by closely observing their hands.… Continue reading Writing Poetry Workshops at Trowbridge Museum: Workshop Two – Ted Hughes and other poets, March 3rd, 2012

Writing Poetry Workshops at Trowbridge Museum: Workshop One – Carol Ann Duffy and other poets, March 1st 2012

Aims of the workshop to introduce new poetry to the group to encourage new writing Participants were varied in age and experience of reading and writing poetry.  The workshops were organised around reading/ listening to a poem and then following a writing prompt loosely structured on its subject matter and/or technique. I introduced two quotes… Continue reading Writing Poetry Workshops at Trowbridge Museum: Workshop One – Carol Ann Duffy and other poets, March 1st 2012

Writer in school: My School Jumper – a writing exercise using all five senses

June 2011 This writing exercise worked well with mixed aged children (5 and 6 year olds with 9 and 10 year olds).  Older children supported the younger ones ('Shall I start that off for you?'  'Shall I write that for you?'), younger children often had a wider variety of ideas! We started by talking about… Continue reading Writer in school: My School Jumper – a writing exercise using all five senses