[bksvol-discuss] Writer's Practice Group Meeting Announcement

  • From: Mayrie ReNae <mrenae@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2007 02:12:56 -0800

Hello Everyone,

The next meeting of The Writer's Practice Group will be held on January 2, 2008 in

the Friends of Bookshare Classroom at 6:00 P.M. Pacific Time, 7:00 P.M. Mountain Time, 8:00

P.M. Central Time, and 9:00 P.M. Eastern time. All would-be writers are welcome. The link

to the classroom is:

Friends of Bookshare Class Room:

Lastnight's meeting was a discussion of point of view. An audio archive of that

discussion will be available on The Friends of Bookshare web site at:


Below is a list of writing topics to spur you on in your daily writing practice during the

next week. These topics are designed specifically to focus on working with point of view.

I hope that you will bring one of the topics to the next meeting to read aloud to the group.

If you are unable to read aloud, you may send me your chosen topic in either txt or doc

format, and I will prepare it to post so that the group can read it during the meeting.

Please send me your chosen topic no later than an hour and a half before the meeting. My

e-mail address is:


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Happy Writing!


Here are some topics to spur you on in your daily writing practice during the next

week. Try writing each twice, from two different points of view. For example, first

person, and then third person omniscient. Choose one pair of pieces to bring to read aloud

during the next group meeting. Please remember to keep the pieces of writing to something

that can be read aloud in five minutes or less. This works out to about one-thousand words.

1. It's your 10-year high school reunion and, despite your reservations, you decide to go.

The night is going smoothly, as you've managed to avoid
the three people you were dreading--the kid you bullied, the kid who bullied you and the

prom date you ditched at the dance. Just as you're about to leave,
one of them confronts you. Write this scene. Try first writing the sceen from your own

point of view, first person. Next, try writing it from the point of view of one of the

other people mentioned, (also first person) or as a third person omniscient narrator.

2. Your favorite possession has climbed to the top of the Empire State Building and is

threatening to jump. Talk your beloved item out of jumping
by expressing your love and letting it know why it's so important to you. Write this piece

first from your point of view, first person. Then try writing it from the point of view of

your beloved object, either also as a first person narrative, or from a third person

omniscient perspective.  .

3. Your computer has met an untimely death and you've been asked to say a few words in its

honor. Write a eulogy for your computer, remembering
the good times and the bad. Write this from your first person point of view. Then write

from the point of view of your computer, also in first person. Notice how the information,

attitudes, and perceptions  that you convey from each point of view differ.

4. Write a 22-line poem (rhyming or nonrhyming) about the one thing in your life that you

can't live without. If you choose to rhyme, remember to make the number of syllables in

each line the same, keeping a consistent meter. Write first from the first person point of

view, then from the third person omniscient point of view.

5. An ice storm has hit and the electricity has gone out. The odd neighbor who lives a

couple houses down asks to spend the night--you have a working
fireplace, he does not. Deciding to be neighborly you agree. Around 3 a.m. you conclude you

made a very poor decision. Why? Write first from the third person omniscient point of view,

then from the first person point of view either from your perspective, or that of the


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