Writing

Retreat Into Writing

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

Six of our Prairie Quills members ventured afield for a writing retreat this weekend. On a sun gilded afternoon we travelled across wide stretches of flat prairie settled by French, Flemish and Belgian immigrants to Gravelbourg, where we stopped and stayed at Bishop’s Residence. The facility is set-up for...

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WRITE YOUR LIFE – Session #5

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Shape your ideas, dreams, anecdotes and memories  into fascinating stories to share. Exercise #1 Take the brief write-up of your dream and analyze it, identifying the following: POV, tone, mood, setting Exercise #2 Using your dream paragraph as a starting point, write a short story, expanding the dream in...

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WRITE YOUR LIFE Session #4

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Write About Where you live(d) Share your culture, your community and your geography  Tone What is the author’s attitude toward his subject? When the reader answers this question, he or she will be reflecting on your tone, or the mode in which you choose to write your piece. The...

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WRITE YOUR LIFE – Session #3

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Write Your History. Investigate the past and present and hand on a family history. Exerise #1 List the people in your photograph. Make a list of the differences in the way they remembered what was happening when the photo was taken. (Your homework was to ask them their interpretation...

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WRITE YOUR LIFE – Session #2

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Write Your History. Investigate the past and present and hand on a family history.  Exercise#1 Signposts for your life Create a linear map beginning with your birth and moving forward. On that map set the following signposts. These signposts will point you in the direction of your stories, reminding...

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WRITE YOUR LIFE

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Blog | 4 comments

“Writing, which is my form of celebration and prayer, is also my form of inquiry.”  Diane Ackerman   You may be at a point, when putting down some facts about your life for your family, telling some of the stories of your experiences for pleasure, or writing the things...

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Café Writing

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Café writing is a concept begun by American ex-patriots who lived in European cities in the pre-second world war years. Such writers as Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce created this custom. Often they were stringers for American newspapers, providing the articles on European customs and people, that so...

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DROP A WORD

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

A bead of water slides from my paddle into the lake. It dimples the surface, like a curious finger poking for answers. A circle forms on the water, then another and another, spreading outward in a graceful dance. One drop of water caused this change, and I think, so...

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WRITING IN THE GRASSLANDS

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Blog | 4 comments

On Saturday, I attended a writing Workshop with Steven Ross Smith. I travelled with four other members of the Prairie Quills Writers’ Group, from Swift Current to Val Marie. Unfortunately, this trip required going over the infamous stretch of blacktop that leads south to the border. As writers our...

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DEVELOPING CHARACTER

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

In I Sit Listening to the Wind, Judith Duerk wrote:  “A woman must be very clear, here, in her ongoing task. As she negotiates the voyage from the societal towards the Self her entire experience is transformed.  She can begin to reject the inner patriarchal decrees from the past...

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