These are the last two updates. One from last Thursday and the other from this Tuesday:
Great session at the Ace Centre today!
Can’t believe how much everyone’s coming on leaps and bounds!!!
Those that were otherwise occupied were missed.
Some fantastic pieces read.
It wasn’t easy because our old space was smaller, but everyone rose to the occasion like true legends!
A big FANKS to Beckie Pope for arranging a builder to visit the Open Door space we are in the process of developing and also for being the star that she is.
It was also wonderful to meet new faces and listen to their thoughts.
What a group of varied, talented individuals.
Homework was to create a poem for the local Lancashire Day poetry competition.
Can’t wait until next Tuesday!
Had another great session yesterday, with two new members: Helen and Andy. Each with their own gifts to bring to the group.
Two members and Bex were otherwise engaged and were greatly missed.
We had a discussion about show and tell at the end of last week, so we decided that I’d deliver a little lesson on the differences. It can really help your writing to show more than tell.
Even though I hadn’t slept the night before and my head was all over the place, the lesson sped by and we had a lot of fun.
Also had the pleasure of reading the beginning of Sophia’s fantasy story. She was understandably nervous, but had no need to be: it was brilliant. I won’t go into the plot, but she had taken many old myths and flung them on their head in such an imaginative way. It was inspirational.
We also read out our poems for Lancashire Day and Michael’s especially was again outstanding. That’s not taking anything away from the other’s, but Michael – or Political Johnson as I will now refer to him- had thoughtfully played with the fact that the government had moved the borders in 1974 in such a witty way.
It finished off with me scaring them a little. We didn’t have time for Lauren’s great story game -we’ll talk about it next week- but we did have time to see how the show and tell lesson had gone.
I left the room “on a quick errand” and stormed back in, gabbling with furious intent about some imaginary slight. When I had got their attention with the many colourful metaphors and my academy award winning performance I asked, with a calm smile, if they’d now show me what they’d just witnessed.
Their little pieces were hilarious.
The only trouble I found was that one and half hours was not nearly enough.
Can’t wait for next week!