September Writes
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September Writes

  Welcome to our Creative Writes blog and to September… The change in the air is palpable with the new season.  A time for contemplation, plans and of course, words. I have been sharing poetry and writing prompts which mark this shift and usher in Autumn. The responses in my creative writing workshops have been...

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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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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THE FEELING OF RAIN & OTHER SENSORY EXPERIENCES

It may seem strange thinking about rain while we are experiencing this dry, sunny weather but during my workshops recently, I have been exploring sensory detail with the groups and rain is incredibly evocative – covering all of the senses. The theme has triggered some powerful memories, poetry and descriptive prose. Rain can be very...

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A WEEK IN MAY…

This has been quite a week and I thought I would share some of the adventures and highlights with you…Last weekend, I attended a London Lapidus meeting http://www.lapidus.org.uk/ The Writing for Wellbeing Organisation. The guest speaker and facilitator was Margot Van Sluytman, who shared some of her story about how she came to meet the man who...

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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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WHERE DO YOU COME FROM?

  We have been looking at the powerful poem below in my creative writing and reading groups recently – Origins by Imelda Maguire. The poem has provoked some really interesting discussions around where we come from and powerful poetry, across the different groups – including my weekly block of three workshops in Muswell Hill and the Care...

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HATS – WHO WILL YOU BECOME?

 Hello & welcome to our hat gallery!Over the past few weeks, I have been touring workshops with my hats and it has been great fun…I took the hats into care homes, community centres & my own group workshops in Muswell Hill. I themed various creative writing exercises around them, which included memoir, poetry & story. We also used...