Writing Tales: Amos Oz (1939 – 2018) Israeli writer of novels, tales, poems and essays.
Amos Oz, who died in December 2018, has always been an important writer for me, not only because of his support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian deadlock, but also because of his multi-part solutions to writing, whether it be with reference to subject matter, context, genre or viewpoint.Read More
Creative writing- dealing with shifts in time. Part 2.
In a modular story, jumps across the time frame are presumably happening for a reason- to flesh out one character through a new perspective, or to offer contrasting accounts, perhaps in a cat and mouse style story. This demands that the reader conceptually organise what is going on. The way to use time in a modular story will be apparent depending on why you have chosen the modular form!Read More
Creative writing- dealing with shifts in time. Part 1.
But one area is often missed. It’s an area of uncertainty I’ve noticed a few students enquire about- and that’s how to handle the time frame. Particularly the transitions between scenes.Read More
Writers and the world of work , or that’s not a job!
A friend once introduced me to some people at a party as a poet, and straight away someone loudly responded with that’s not a job!Read More
My old school. Well they’ve still got the 11+ but never mind, I’ll go along all the same, do a talk and maybe a workshop. They still sing the Harrow School Song as their school song: the tramp of the 22 men in a single sex girls’ school. Well maybe they are transitioning. After all this is LGBT history month.Read More
Poetry with a Cause: Writing a Poetry Manifesto
What does a poem stand for? What is a poem? What is a poem for? What should a poem be? What should it feel like? What should a poem do? How should it do that? How does a poem relate to the world? Why do you want to write it? What is writing like? Is poetry political? Is all poetry political? How can poetry change the world? How will your poetry change poetry?Read More
Basing characters on real people
f a character stays too close to someone you know, you’re always thinking, so-and-so wouldn’t do/say/ think that. The character must always serve the story, rather than the other way round.Read More
Walking and writing part 2
Maybe you’re not able to walk very far. Or you don’t have time. Or maybe it’s just not your style. That doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on all the ways in which walking and writing go hand-in-hand.Read More
Light and Shade: Writing our emotions
How do you know when to turn something deeply personal into something that another person might read, and even understand and enjoy, and maybe even want to publish? And how do you know when to keep it to yourself?Read More
Walking and writing part 1
Any form of writing can unfold like a journey on foot, surprising its author. How might your own writing head off down an unexpected path?Read More