Class work 22.06.20

Apologies… Homework reading & discussion ….. What does awareness mean for Writers? Hearing, Feel, Touch,  Being, Smell, Taste, Thought, Memory,Realisation Awareness involves more than just looking, writers need to develop their perceptive facilities. Writing good memorable prose involves the writer in the smell, taste, touch, feel and a whole dramatic list of the things that make up the world about us and of the characters we create for our story lines. Discuss…………………………………. The more information about the world our characters inhabit, the easier it is for the reader to become involved. What is the care needed here?..........Discuss Careful not to bore the reader. EXERCISE...10 mins. In your location write down three things for each of following Sounds you can hear, Odours you can smell, Flavours you can taste, Objects you can see,Textures you can feel Discuss..... Homework...250/300 words Remembering that Sensory perceptions can enrich writing but a traffic jam style, such a list can clog the avenues, leading to gridlock, switch off and stagnation. Now get out into the sunshine - moonlight if that is your particular...
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Group meeting 15.06.2020

Discussion ref news item came Terry's way what do we think?Item arrived via email broadcast from a business contact https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/markets/covid-corporate-financing-facility Chance for a rant on many levels - try listing them as discussion progresses. EXERCISE... 20 mins write your response Reading - Discussion - CRITIQUE Setting up Homework.... Choose an address. Hill road Chertsey Pastures Bridgnorth Salop Oldham Road Bolton Carpenter Street Bristol Wood street Walthamstow E. London Give your character a name age and current address occupation and any thing else you think useful from our discussion. Homework sketch family tree with comments to show how your character came to be the person they are. 2/3 generations only Now write a letter from chosen address as the person you have created. Any subject and to anyone PROVIDING it is emotionally passionate , strong, positive or negative: Joy, Relief,Rage, Love, Scorn, Vengeful. Your choice 300- 500 words (in total incl Family tree work) ...
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My Father’ List

Endlessly early days of peace after WW2 , the days, days of sunshine with exorcism. Six years of fear, repression and darkness. All the happiness surrounds us, now we have light. Mother's painstakingly stitched wavy borders on the heavy blanket blackout curtains, destined for the newly lit bonfire. Young never seen a garden fire before. Never known the beauty of flames in the dusk, never seen no longer needed household objects thrown in celebration to be consumed by flames; see the visually contagious happiness spilling from our garden to houses next door and further afield. Never known a party where people hadn't sat in parlours filled with cigarette smoke and beer fumes and sad sad faces; Faces that had just remembered how to smile beaming everywhere; arms were for hugging; feet were for dancing in mad hopping sequences; voices that yippeed and yelped and sang ; such gusto; everything was gusto .......................... ...
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Observations and writing

Observations recorded in Virginia Woolf's diary.... A violent rainstorm on the pond. The pond is covered with little white thorns: springing up and down: the pond is bristling with leaping white thorns, like the thorns on a small porcupine; bristles; then black waves cross it; and the little water thorns are white; a helter-skelter rain and the elms tossing it up and down; lily leaves tugging; the red flower swimming about; one leaf flapping; then completely smooth for a moment; then prickled; thorns like glass; leaping up and down incessantly; a rapid smirch of shadow. Now light from the sun; green and red; shiny; the pond a sage green; the grass brilliant red; red berries on the hedges; the cows very white; the purple over Asheham................... ...
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Excellence is not an art but a habit…Aristotle

All Good writers need practice; excellent writers need lot's of practice. Look for inspiration and when you find it make yourself immediately available. Always carry a notebook and pen for any Inspirational Sight, Sound, Act, Revelation, or even Pleasure. Cultivate Curiosity, Trust, and Receptivity they each help add to your ability to make words flow more easily. ...
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class notes

May 18th meeting Skype @petra, @sally, @Paulr, @nathan, @Sandra Speculative Fiction is an inclusive term for Sci-Fi Fantasy, Horror, the weird . Stories containing  familiar things alongside unfamiliar things.An imagined /projected world, linked to what we know but beyond realityThe slightly altered reality that produces massive changeReversal of scientific principles/gender/ race/  species ...
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It’s all about Pigeons not getting their own way

The Lady of the Flock Deposit Photos have an excellent library on the net. From side to side neath the sky, Ranges the heather and gorse so high, Many flagged in Blackdeek does water lie. Clothes its world in knots that tie. While Thro’ Blackheath, a track runs by, The yellow-petalled flags stand tall Nod their heads, as in freefall She drops by for bathing privacy Sady, Lady of the flock ...
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The Shoplifter

I'd never been to court before, Never seen the majesty of law, Now here I sit to see the wife, who ruled full forty years of my life, Arrested, standing head bowed in dock Guilty of stealing food from stock A woman of good character says the Judge,' I know better, she's made my life a drudge. 'Whatever possessed her to steal,' says his Honour, 'Moments of madness must have come upon her, 'Seven cans of peaches had been her main haul, Plus a few extra bits, that was all.' The Judge in his wisdom gave forth his decree, 'I must make an example of you don't you see? Seven Cans of peaches you'll serve seven days inside One pint of milk - one other day beside. Two days for two loaves - let this be a lesson, Ten days it will be , before you leave prison.' I couldn't bear to see her sentenced ten days out of hand, I jumped to my feet I had to yell and stand, 'Your honour, ten items for...
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