Friday, 25 May 2012
Sunday, 20 May 2012
'The Road is a brilliant novel and a great work of literature – but first and foremost it is an amazing experience. I was totally immersed in this grim world and in the story of a man (who is dying slowly and painfully) and a boy journeying through a country destroyed by some cataclysmic event. The book portrays a bleak, cold, grey world which is without hope but where to despair is to die. Yet even in it’s darkest moments this is a book lit up by a story of incandescent love – the love between a father and son.
As father and son plod slowly south on their way to a hopefully slightly better climate we learn that the father has promised to kill his son at the time of his own death for he cannot bear to leave him alone in such a hostile world.
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Our Reading Group will meet on Saturday 19th May
Join us at 3.30pm in the conservatory at Whitworth Hall.
The books we are reading are:-
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
Come and Join us to talk books. All welcome!
Monday, 14 May 2012
STOP PRESS: On 16th June I will be leading a full fay workshop at Middlesbrough Reference library about creative writing inspired by local history. Last week I went by train with Gillian to the exquisite Carnegie reference library in Middlebrough, which on May 2nd celebrated the centenary of its original building in 1912. There is a good deal to celebrate: this building is the epitome of respect for the world of books and learning... click for more information Come and join me if you can. Wendy
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2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
4. Every sentence must do one of two things -- reveal character or advance the action.
5. Start as close to the end as possible.
6. Be a sadist. Now matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them -- in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.