6.00pm. 4th November 2017 … I am sitting at Southampton Airport digesting my day which all seems a bit of a blur. I had very little sleep during the early hours of this morning as the excitement started building, bubbling inside me in anticipation of what the day was going to bring.
A Writers’ Workout at Winchester University, part of the 2017 Winchester Writers’ Festival 2017 which, for me, started on the 3rd November when I stayed the night on campus, rekindling my student days.
Despite my suspect knees, I traversed up and down Winchester University’s campus … getting to know my way around.
High on a hill was a lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
The following morning, pumped, but deprived of sleep, I headed for the Writers’ Workout venue, the St. Alphege Building, in the drizzle. Downhill all the way … wheee … lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo.
What followed was creative stimulation provided by:
Judith Heneghan – Stepping into Character. Talk about a wake up call. My first workout of the day and I got really stuck into this. Including taking a photograph of the portrait of the girl I wrote about during this session.
Isabel Rogers – Small is Beautiful. You know what? That’s so true. Edit, edit, edit … get rid of the a’s, the and’s, the the’s, the just’s, the that’s etc.
Stephen Thompson – Styling it – Narrative Voice. Tell it how you see it!
Lorna Fergusson – A Sense of Place. Have you read Lorna Fergusson’s The Chase? I suggest you do if you want to learn about a sense of place … although it is so much more than that. I started reading it on the flight home tonight and they had to prise me off the plane, book in hand.
Adrienne Dines – Raising the Emotional Stakes. There is so much to learn in terms of creating emotional conflict in your writing and there is nobody better to teach it than Adrienne.
I haven’t felt so exhilarated for quite some time. What a workout. What a day. It lived up to all expectations and more, plus I met some wonderful people as well. Roll on 2018.
00.10 5th November 2017 … Just slumped into bed in a haze of creative complacency. It’s been around 4 hours since I returned home and I am replete. Did I flex my creative writing muscles? You bet I did.
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