I'm gratified by the number of likes, comments and visits I received to my Not Quite a Post post! It just goes to show that, when you've said you're on a blogging schedule (in 2014 I've been trying to post at least once a week, usually on a Sunday) it's worth plonking your bottom down… Continue reading On the value of blogging.
Students began by reading their stories from last week when they'd placed one of their own fictional characters in a work setting they'd researched by interviewing other students. The writing was diverse and really interesting and included a man working in an all-female cleaning crew, a white Zimbabwean farmer advising on simulation exercises to a… Continue reading WordWeavers Session 4 – Writing Dialogue
A summary of what we did.... Last week, among other things, we talked about how a character's actions can reveal something, a mood or character trait, for example, to the reader. This week, continuing to think about what our characters do, we considered the world of work as a source of writing inspiration. The workplace… Continue reading Writing about Work – WordWeavers Session 3
We began by considering the following: writing what a character does is a way of revealing emotion or mood to the reader; it helps to know something about your character's background, their childhood, their desires, their fears, etc., as this is likely to influence their behaviour; tapping into your own memories and thoughts is a… Continue reading WordWeavers Session Two involving a carrot…
For those who couldn't make it…. A summary of what we did. Confession: I stole the warm-up exercises from Vicki Feaver and Hugh Dunkerley who used them on a Creative Writing module at Chichester University in the early 1990s. First, a quick warm-up exercise: write, in two minutes, a list of possible uses for this object Then, write… Continue reading WordWeavers at Trowbridge Museum – First Session