Took a day off from novel writing yesterday and attended a wonderful creative writing taster session at the 4women's resource centre in Norwich.
The course was run by Julia Webb a talented local poet and although there were only three other participants (myself and a close friend included) it was a fantastic morning filled with inspiration and lots of challenging creativity.
Julia had some wonderful activities which helped release our creative flow including; selecting a random object from a shoe box to write about, a plain envelope which held a couple of photos, a small object such as a button, and six words which we created a story around and another much more cunning challenge which turned out to be rather phonomenal.
She told us to pick an object or thing, but not a person and make a list of 10-12 words that we associated with it. She then told us to write a poem or piece of prose about our object/thing without using any of those words. Try it - its not as easy as you think. My 'thing' was a Hare and I was rather surprised by what I managed to create!
All in all it was a fantastic event and I would strongly recommend you look out for future opportunites at the centre.
I have also (bravely) uploaded a photograph of myself. Just scroll down to view...