Sound: Putting noise into words – writing exercises

Yesterday I gave a workshop for Touchstones Creative Writing Group but rather foolishly forgot to take my usual photograph of the board! This blog post reflects on the session and there are a few creative writing exercises provided that you may wish to try.  Alliteration, Assonance, Onomatopoeia I ran an alliterative icebreaker: “my name is Jennie, I like to … More Sound: Putting noise into words – writing exercises

Python palaver perhaps I should have used JavaScript (or: trying to code without a clue / running before walking)

As part of my PhD thesis, I’m arguing that there are other ways of mapping Rochdale both collaboratively and creatively. One of the maps that I’m “making” is a text game map that tries to explore the more phenomenological side of Rochdale in a creative, and collaborative, way. This game works with the premise of … More Python palaver perhaps I should have used JavaScript (or: trying to code without a clue / running before walking)

Everyday Magic – writing exercises

There is magic in the everyday – the sheen of rain on the pavement, the crackle of leaves underfoot.  The following writing exercises are to get you thinking about recognising the sparkle in the mundane or re-imagining something repetitive that you might do everyday.  I gave a workshop on ‘Everyday Magic’ and here are some exercises that … More Everyday Magic – writing exercises

Poetry exercise – William “Bill O’ Jacks” Baron.

Now that the snow has come and gone, and the snowdrops are coming through in profusion, it’s time for a poem. Healey Dell, on the outskirts of Rochdale and nestled in the Spodden Valley, is a popular beauty spot. However, it was once the scene of industry with the remains of cotton mills and a … More Poetry exercise – William “Bill O’ Jacks” Baron.