Diary of a creative writing class 2

Diary of a creative writing class 2

Diary of a creative writing class 2 Day 44. Featured image taken from ‘Two-headed chicken’ by Ukrainian artist Maria Primachenko. Free-write 10 minutes. Prompt ‘Skin’. By the hair of my chinny chin chin I will not let you come in. For I intend to stay alive. In my very own skin. I will not to…

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Anecdotes to Troubled Times (Blogging Course 2022)

Anecdotes to Troubled Times (Blogging Course 2022)

Day 30. It is with great pleasure that I publish the links to this year’s student blogs. They are remarkable individual and collective journeys into creativity and the multi-faceted nature of culture. Enjoy their delicious shared moments. Take hope from their energy and optimism and generosity. And don’t hesitate to join in the conversations. Featured…

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Diary of a creative writing class 1

Diary of a creative writing class 1

Once they are seated I begin: “Zanzibar, Shimmy, Shiver, Core, Strength, Fuck, Whatever” Question to class: What do you think this is? Silence. Then timidly. A list.  A twirly-keep-going movement with my right hand. A list of words… What sort of words? My favourite words. Question to class: What does this say about me as…

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Merry Moodling

Merry Moodling

‘Oh, how lovely… Oh my God, where do I start?’ This was my reaction on reading an email from an M1 distance-learning student, a couple of weeks ago. It was one of those emails that you know composing a reasonable answer to, is going to take up more time than you can sensibly dedicate to an…

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Distanced

Distanced

It’s now December. We went back to classes on the university campus in September, masked but present. In person. I was once again a real teacher in front of real students, handing out paper course packs. Classes finished 5 minutes earlier to air out rooms. Social distancing was still required, although not always enforced.  The…

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