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Creative writing in a beautiful setting

I spent a rewarding morning yesterday in the tranquil conservatory of the beautiful Walled Garden, Baumber with a lively and interesting bunch of people on our taster session for the creative writing course.

We discussed the benefits of creative writing for health and wellbeing and designed our favourite dinner party menu, decided where we would hold it and who we would invite. We noticed that everyone had chosen a three-course menu and related this to the traditional three-act structure of a story play or film. We agreed that our dinner guest would be disappointed if they didn’t get a pudding, just as a reader would be a bit miffed if they didn’t get an ending to a story.

We went on to talk about all the skills we would be learning on the six-week course and how these would be transferable to everyone’s own project: novel, short story, life story or play.

We decided to turn our dinner parties into stories and gave some thought to what genre to use. Choices included horror, murder mystery, supernatural, science fiction and comedy. Everyone then decided on an inciting incident that would get the story started which they will reveal next week.

There was lots of interest in being able to produce a short story for publication in a Hammond House anthology inspired by our time at the walled garden, in the entering for the University Centre Grimsby International Literary Prize and in volunteering for our community projects The Reading Hour and Pen Pals.

Everyone has gone away to develop some of the ideas we started this week and I am looking forward to hearing about them next week when we will look at ten great ways for generating story ideas.

The main course starts on Thursday 22nd for six weeks. There are a couple of places left. SEE DETAILS

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