Monday, February 15, 2016

The Craft of Writing

A mysterious relative, a piece of furniture, regrets, lessons learnt, ugly outfits …
These were just some of the many topics explored at a writing workshop in Hopetoun in January.
Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council sponsored “The Craft of Writing” which was presented by Sue Clennell, widely published writer of poetry and short stories.
With memoir as the theme, inspiration came from a variety of prompts as participants wrote about life experiences, whether exhilarating, embarrassing or edifying. Sharing of these pieces brought a range of responses - from laughter (the advantages of being tall and blonde) to commiseration (dealing with a schoolyard bully). See other samples of short-burst writing in this issue.
A session was devoted to the vital process of editing in which the writer becomes reader. There are usually several stages of revision before a story is ready for publishing. Sue also shared tips for writing poetry and telling a story in the form of a script for a short play or monologue.
After a word-packed weekend, writers left with many ideas and a fresh resolve to record their stories as family history or for wider publication.
Southern Scribes, organisers of the event, extend their appreciation to RRAC for their generous support in bringing the workshop to Hopetoun.

                                                                                                                 K Hanrahan

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