Writing Course at the Ripple Project
Last Thursday I delivered the first of a series of eight creative writing classes at the Ripple Project, based at Restalrig Lochend Community Hub in Edinburgh.
Eleven people had turned up, most were locally based, though one had moved away from the area and one had come all the way from Helensburgh. We talked about why we want to write and then had a short ice breaker exercise to get people to write about the Ripple project’s Speaker newspaper (which has its 100th issue coming out soon!). As this was my first time facilitating a course for the project, and as the theme for this eight week series is ‘Writing Our Lives’ I thought it would be good to write about early memories.
I read a passage from Bound Feet and Western Dress a memoir by the Chinese writer Pang-Mei Natasha Chang. We then briefly discussed what made the passage so powerful and thought about how we could use those features (eg vivid detail, exploration of emotion) in writing about our own early memories.
I then asked everyone to list some of their early memories and then break these down into the specific details that would be most interesting. Then after a tea break it was time for everyone to write! And write they all did and produced some excellent pieces, showing that the class contains a wealth not only of creative talent but also of interesting life experiences!
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