Unfinished Stories
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Unfinished Stories

This month, I’ve been thinking about the power of unfinished stories… The stories we write, the stories we think, the stories we speak, the stories we hear, the stories we read and the stories we wish to believe. These are all treasures for writers, aren’t they? We can weave all of these stories into our...

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WHY DOES IT MATTER?

Please do not disturb! Writing in response to photos from the C&C Archive During one of my recent workshops, I asked the group – who I have been working with since January, why the weekly writing workshops matter to them? I asked them this because they were talking about how they really didn’t like it...

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TWEET, TWEET!

Tweet, tweet! Hello,   I was inspired by Mslexia Magazine’s ‘A Week of Tweets’  – where a guest records their week in tweets, with the daily limit of 140 characters.  I have shared this with my creative writing groups in Muswell Hill, N10 and beyond. The exercise has been well received. There is no pressure to...

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WHAT’S AEROBICS GOT TO DO WITH IT?

Cut Up Poetry Workshop, Claremont  Centre last week A participant’s poem – Cut Up Workshop  Claremont, Cut Up Poetry I have recently joined a very lively aerobics class. As I giggled with my friend in the back row and moved in the wrong direction, I started to think about the connection between aerobics and creative...

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AUTUMNAL NEWS

Muswell Hill, North London Hello,  I know it’s been a little quiet on the blogging front from this side – I haven’t forgotten about you! It has been a whirlwind of activity and to be honest, I am not sure where to begin… I am delighted to be settled in a new flat, back in...

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EIGHT DAYS

Over the course of 8 days, I was at the birth of a close friend’s daughter, found out that my friend and I were able to move into the flat we wanted, welcomed in the Jewish New Year and attended the funeral of a student from one of my regular creative writing workshops. It is now the...

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A POSTCARD FROM CREATIVE WRITES

Dear All,I hope you are enjoying the Summer. July was a busy workshop month, both for the Creative Writes Workshops in Muswell Hill and the regular workshops I deliver in Community Centres, Care Homes & Sheltered Housing Schemes. There was a July block of three workshops and a Themed Workshop at the end of the month...

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IS THAT YOU TALKING?

Is That You Talking?Original Image by Martine Charalambou, 2000  Hello!In my previous post, I talked about the poem Origins by Imelda Maguire & invited you to write about where you come from. The responses from the groups I worked with were really powerful and there was an interest in the poet and her work. So...

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IN THE BEGINNING

Hello!My feet have barely touched the ground this month. It’s good to be back to blogging! I was inspired by a poetry reading a friend took me to recently, where audience participation was encouraged (we dared each other to write and read out our work – it was good to be reminded of what it is...

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DIGGING FOR STORIES

Hello,  November is turning out to be another extremely busy month for Creative Writes! I have been continuing with the pilot series of reading sessions in C&C care homes for people with dementia and one of the poems we have been looking at is ‘Digging’ by Seamus Heaney. It’s been wonderful to share this with the groups,...