Workshop Writers Work 2018

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Bourne to Write is a writing community that currently numbers over 40 writers from the weekly Eastbourne and Lewes Creative Writing Workshops. Bourne to Write published its first anthology, ‘Strangers in Paradise’ in 2014 and it is now also available as a Kindle book on amazon worldwide. A Kindle book entitled  ‘Short and Curly’ featuring short pieces of homework and timed exercises by our writers is also available on amazon.

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In this section we share the writers’ weekly homework pieces and timed exercises. Homework is normally 500 words maximum, the timed exercises are completed in the workshop within 20 minutes.

Read our tips on writing timed exercises…

Read Chekhov on writing…

Six Common Endings in Fiction…

Everything you never wanted to know about Grammar 

Tone in Creative Writing

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January

For the homework I read from John Le Carre’s third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.
This was the breakthrough novel that motivated him to become a professional writer.
Watch this interview with Le Carre discussing the novel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx8OkfEmyi8
I asked our writers to open their homework with either of these two lines from the novel.
Sometimes she thought Alec was right – you believed in things because you needed to.
Austerity pleased her—it gave her the comfort of sacrifice.

The Window Cleaner’s Wife by Des Holden

Red or White by Debbie Holden

The Moment of Truth by Pauline Walden

Read Pauline’s piece 

Bexhill by Lisa Guile

Read Stuart’s piece 

Kate by Mary Brannigan

Read Mary’s piece 

Austerity by Garf Collins

Sister Margaret by John Orr

Read John’s piece 

Austerity by Fiona Dennis

Food Yuk – a timed exercise by Fiona Dennis

Read Fiona’s piece 

Sometimes she thought Alex was right by Lawrence Howard

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For this week’s homework I read from the 1984 Booker Prize winning novel Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/mar/18/julian-barnes-remembers-anita-brookner
I asked our writers to open their homework with the first line of the novel:

From the window all that could be seen was…

From the Window by Alison Fry

It’s the thought that counts by Jill Webb 

From the Window by Malcolm Walker

Read Malcolm’s piece 

From the Window by Stuart Carruthers

Read Stuart’s piece 

The House on Tully Hill by Mary Brannigan

Read Mary’s piece 

The Power of Positive Thought by Garf Collins

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