Workshop Writers’ Work 2019

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

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January

For this week’s timed exercise I played a music box version of Schumann’s piano piece Traumerie, which means reverie or little dream in German. Many works of literature have been conceived in dreams including Stephen King’s novel Misery. Apparently King dreamt the novel on a flight to London, although the dream had a more gruesome ending.
I gave our writers a quote from Misery and asked them to use it anywhere they liked in their homework piece. When you own a piano, it’s harder to think about moving.

Small and Ordinary by Mia Sundby

Read Mia’s piece

Piccolo by Garf Collins

Read Garf’s piece

The Warrior by Richard Rewell

Small and Ordinary by Sho Botham

Read Sho’s piece

I’ve Always Had a Fear by Stuart Carruthers

Feet Tapping by Tilia Guilbaud-Walter

Read Tilia’s piece

Know All by Mia Sundby

Listen to Mia’s piece

Retrospect by Sue Thompson

Read Sue’s piece

Toxic – a timed exercise by Chris Kingham

Read Chris’s piece

The Stars by Chris Kingham

Read Chris’s piece

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