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April homework

This is a good site for a little light-hearted fun:

http://queens-english-society.org/lighter-side/

The homework is the find the pairs of words in the ‘Oxford Word Challenge’. (Unfortunately we are left to our own devices, as the ‘Answers’ button takes you through to a page which simply says ‘there are no answers yet’!*)

Use them as inspiration to write something of your own. You can use just one pair of words, and perhaps write a story based on an amusing misunderstanding between them. Or perhaps you can weave several together? As always, let it take you where it will: poetry, short story, flash fiction, non fiction article… all welcome.

*We have ANSWERS!

We brainstormed the ‘Oxford Word Challenge’ yesterday and now have full answers:

plain/plane: due/dew: naval/navel: links/lynx: time/thyme: beat/beet: allowed/aloud: tenor/tenner: gorilla/guerilla: sort/sought: barred/bard: Sunday/sundae: chased/chaste: llama/lama: Rambo/Rimbaud.

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March homework

Find a news item that interests you. Using the ‘who, what, when, where, why’ of the item – and your imagination – rewrite it as a detailed narrative story.

This is from an interesting site: http://writingexercises.co.uk/

Beginnings

Here’s the homework for February 2016.

Choose one of the following as a beginning for a piece of writing. It can be fact, fiction, short story, or poem.

  • Jenny slammed the door in John’s face because …………
  • The plane crashed because….
  • Paul read his wife’s diary and discovered. ……………
  • Victoria pulled at the window but she was trapped. Now she had no escape from ……………
  • Patrick looked over the bridge and ……………
  • Stacey wept because ……………
  • Jack and Maureen took their first steps towards ……………
  • Rodney looked down the ……………
  • The sun went in and Maureen went ……………
  • The small girl ran away from ……………
  • Travis had never seen a …………… look so scared before.
  • It was time for ……………
  • Her arms ached but she couldn’t stop swimming because ……………
  • Ben climbed the tree and ……….

McGuffin!

Something Simon introduced at class today, a Hitchcock speciality, the MacGuffin.

This month’s homework (November 2014)

You know when you’ve established your story and now you have to get your characters to your stunning ending? And how, sometimes, even YOU get bored with the action – or lack thereof – in the middle section of your short story or article.

Here’s an exercise on how to tackle ‘The troublesome middle’, as explained by Jurgen Wolff in ‘Your Writing Coach’.

http://issuu.com/andrewyi/docs/your_writing_coach/c/slorwf3

How about the challenge of writing a 50,000 novel in November?

I’m going to try it!

http://nanowrimo.org/

This month’s homework (October 2014)

http://www.practicalcreativewriting.com/creative-writing-exercises/quick-creative-writing-exercise/

More idea generators!

http://writingexercises.co.uk/index.php

http://www.practicalcreativewriting.com/