[bksvol-discuss] Writer's Practice Group Announcement

  • From: Mayrie ReNae <mrenae@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: pat@xxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2007 06:16:19 -0800

Hello Everyone,

Last night's meeting of The Writer's Practice Group was a discussion of the use of

Imagery. You can find an archive of the meeting in mp3 format on the Friends Of Bookshare

Web site at


The next meeting of The Writer's Practice Group will be on Wednesday, November 28, 2007, at

6:00 P.M. pacific, 7:00 mountain, 8:00 central, and 9:00 eastern time, in the Friends Of

Bookshare Classroom.    The direct link to the classroom is

Friends of Bookshare Class Room:

I look forward to seeing you there. Below are some writing topics to help inspire

you in your daily writing practice, and guidelines for sharing your writing at the next


                If you need to contact me, my e-mail address is also below.

Have a great holiday, and have fun writing!


Choose one of the first three topics to bring to next week's meeting. These three topics

are especially designed to help you to focus on using imagery. Remember to keep the piece,

or part of a piece that you bring to share to something that can be read aloud in five

minutes or less, about 1000 words.

1. Write about a bus or train station, or an airport. Try for fresh and appropriate

imagery. Choose any point of view, yours, or perhaps that of a character you are working

with lately.

2. Here is a list of common objects and actions. Use them to create some very short, unique

and appropriate images. Clouds, moon, ice cream cone, dead trees lining a parkway, a broken

sidewalk, a faded pair of blue jeans.
Walking down the street, going home, eating a very crisp apple, falling asleep in school,

waking on a very cold morning, changing gears on a ten-speed bike.

3.  Begin with the phrase "I remember" and start writing. It doesn't matter
 whether you stick with one memory or list several. You can retrieve memories
from as far back as childhood (or past lives!) to as recently as yesterday. If you get stuck just keep repeating the phrase "I remember," in writing, until something else forms in your consciousness. Don't even be concerned with the authenticity of the memory. Just record whatever comes to you. Memory is full of sensory images, find them

in your memories.

4  Non-memories may involve parts of the past you have difficulty recalling.
 They may include what has been absent from your life: I don't remember
 having my own bedroom. They might even be humorous or sarcastic: I
 don't remember ordering a blizzard for the day I was supposed to fly to the
This time, begin with the phrase, "I don't remember," and fill up a page. If you
 draw a blank at any point, repeat the phrase "I don't remember," in writing,
 until something else forms in your consciousness. Notice if one of these non-
memories suggests a section of a piece, an experience for one of your characters, or perhaps a topic to write about. Notice what subjects of non-memories emerge: are they the same themes you often write about? If not, further explore one of the
 new ones some other time.

5.  Write on any topic that has been nagging at you to explore it.

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