Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Writing group meeting (Feb)

Had a nice little get-together with a select few of the writing group after school today. There were fairy cakes and hob-nobs. We talked about competitions - how entry fees operate to dissuade young writers (and, of course, entry fees are meant to be barriers, to keep out the piles of rubbish you'd get otherwise...), but also about the differences between writing competitively and writing for pleasure.

Obviously, it's important to get the balance right with a school group - these are busy students who work hard, and I don't want to pile pressure on them. Just need to create the time and space for them to be able to practise their developing craft.

Did a nice exercise on character building - each person wrote details of someone they knew on the left hand side of a piece of paper, then passed that over to another writer, who had to write a short piece of narrative about that character. Just warming them up, really, for our exciting author visit next week. Mark Robson. Lovely bloke. Looking forward to his session very much indeed.

In other news...

Received cd of 'Doctor Who and the Pescatons' this morning. Girls (age 7 and 5) very excited to have new Fourth Doctor / Sarah Jane audio to listen to in the car. They really got into Paul Magrs' 'Hornet's Nest' audios, and we followed that up with 'Robot' on dvd. Which they went mad for. So Thing Two was being a pescaton during her swimming lesson. Obviously. :)

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