Memoir Writing and Publishing – how best to support members keen to do this? A suggestion to consider (Bev and Noelle)
Sharing 500 Words stories
April - ‘Faking It’
“A somewhat challenging topic – one which actually resulted in some wonderful stories a few years ago! Over to you”
Have you ever inflated your credentials to land a coveted job, told a silly lie to save face in front of a new acquaintance, or felt well and truly out of your comfort zone when you tried something new?
Perhaps faking it helped you gain the experience or tools necessary to bring about real change, whether you were pretending to the world or just deluding yourself.
How did you feel at the time, and how do you feel about it now? Did your fakery ever get found out? Did you surprise anyone, even yourself?
Other topics to share?
May - Our next 500 words topic– ‘Time’
Activity –for class if we have time, otherwise to do at home…. Prompt: the items Collectors took along to a session themed ‘Time’…. ‘begin by reflecting on and recalling a specific clock or watch from early childhood and writing a description of that, keeping writing for 20 minutes. It doesn't matter where the writing takes you eventually, it may take you a million miles from clock or watch but you start with the clock and the clock is ticking.’
Brief .... There are so many ways in which we use the word 'time'...'We talk about spare time, stolen time, free time, time well spent, leisure time, wasted time, quality time, holiday time, extra time, not enough time. We say time is precious, for all time, time is short, it was such a waste of time, time flies, time and eternity, we had a good time, take your time, time stood still, where does the time go? How much time do you have? She'll do it in 'her own good time' and more.
The brief is to choose and write about an element or two relating to the theme 'Time' which has meaning in terms of an event or events in your life story.
Writers' Block? Reminder of some back up topics, particularly for new members - topics to include when you are ready, or if another topic doesn’t seem to work:
- ‘The Year That Made Me’