Today's Writers 11 was thoroughly absorbing with so many topics covered. I will give a potted account here:
Writing in adversity - we discussed the challenges of living in countries that are going through political and social conflict/unrest ie my own experiences, and those of writer friends, living in Egypt and Barbara's experiences living in Ecuador. And also how adversity can come through difficult personal circumstances whether that be circumstantial (no time to write/no space) or emotional (grief). And yet these very conditions can also provide the life blood and thrust one can take into the work.
Arts and Sciences - Corry, who is a scientist, gave us fascinating insights into various scientific facts about the brain and its mechanisms and that tied into many points with writing when considering relationship between poetry and science (using language, exploring themes) and also with plot and character in story (motivations, actions), also about writer process (where do ideas come from, can one intuit ideas or is it from the subconscious?).
Appropriation - we talked briefly about cultural appropriation, what and when can we write about that that is outside our own lived experience, and I mentioned Lionel Shriver's infamous speech on that.
Other topics were about the individual writing process and the times and habits people have adopted, what works/what doesn't. Abigail talked about the glamourisation of psychopaths in story (and how she fears this is becoming more prevalent). And Jude led us out of today's meet up with some accounts of her decades of sailing around the world in storms and in serenity and of her daily log and letters home to her parents which now allow her to recall specific facts that enable her writing.
Come join us for the next one - Friday 23rd August. See you there!
I hope you are well. Please read on for details of the next Writers 11 event and the upcoming Summer Writing Sessions all starting at Hypatia Trust soon. As well as reading here please go over for a gander to the Live Courses & Events tab and also take a look at the Online Courses which are now available, all six of them, via the online shop which means a protected payment at the touch of a button and immediate download of your chosen course.
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The next Writers 11 event will be Friday 26th July at 11am to 1pm. Looking forward to seeing you there if you come along. It's your space, make the most of it.
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Come to the writers’ workroom, the writers’ space, the new jam in town, the place to work on your own or network and share with others, to be absorbed in your pages or talk through what you’ve got. Drop in/leave anytime within the session hours.
At: Hypatia Trust, 54 Chapel Street, Penzance, TR18 4AE
Summer Writing Sessions
A summer of Creative Writing workshops that you can attend as a one off Saturday or enjoy the whole series. Each week we will be visiting some nearby inspiring places and then going back to Hypatia House to focus on various aspects ie one Saturday work on character, one Saturday work on environment and description, one Saturday work on creating plot etc. For the visits you can expect a little walk down to the beach at Penzance bay or over to Morrab Gardens or along Chapel St and into some art galleries.
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https://www.freewriterscentre.org/editing.html are available by appointment – so get in touch if you want to check my availability. I'm starting work on a novel set in 14th century Islamic Spain in a few weeks by an Egyptian writer I've worked with many years ago – I'm looking forward!
Bye for now, all things writerly, Linda
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However, even though her clever work has made things as easy as possible for me to navigate and control the site there is still a LOT of work to do to market and advertise it. Let's face it - anyone in their own business knows it never ends.. adverts, posts, working on the next thing and the next thing.. And to that end I would like to ask you to go visit my newly created Facebook page and not only like it but share it too! Here it is: https://www.facebook.com/freewriterscentre
I'm both excited and daunted by the road ahead; the curve just got higher but the rewards will be greater and I'm looking forward to reaching many more people in the global writing community and working with you all.
The online shop https://www.freewriterscentre.org/online-courses.html on this website has made buying a course an ease and joy! Just go look through the courses on offer and after click button payment you get to download the course material replete with worksheets, audio and some video links. It couldn't be easier! There are six Creative Writing courses to choose from - so I hope you enjoy the yummy selection :)
Bye for now and wishing you all a fabulous day!
Hi, I am Linda Cleary. I will be keeping you up to date with all News & Events here on the blog!