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Finding Inspiration: Interview with Cheryl Moskowitz

I was delighted when Cheryl Moskowitz agreed to be the first guest in my Writers’ Insights series. I love her poetry, have had the privilege to see her in action as Poet in Residence at Highfield Primary School, and admire her philosophy when it comes to running workshops and bringing out the best in people. Here, she talks to us about that mysterious ingredient ‘inspiration’ and about her passion for pairing poetry with music.

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Writing Prompt: ‘The Core’ by Ben Okri

When I first came across Ben Okri’s poem ‘The Core’, its words lifted me. They lit a spark inside me! I wanted to know more – to explore them through my own writing. So, using the poem as my writing prompt, I tried out three different approaches: stream of consciousness, the writing frame and the sentence stem. Here’s what happened…

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5 fun (and free) creative writing apps

Whether you want to fill a spare moment with a bit of creative fun, or need inspiration for a writing project, here are five creative writing apps that could help.

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How to find writing ideas during an ordinary day

The world is a curious and wonderful place. It can be so easy to forget this during the bustle of daily life. I was reminded recently that there’s writing inspiration in even the most mundane situations, if only we could pause and pay attention. And so I set myself a challenge: find five juicy writing ideas in one ordinary day.

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Writing prompts: 3 ways to use objects as inspiration

As writing prompts, objects can be great sources of inspiration. They can be everyday and extraordinary all at the same time. We just need a willingness to explore. Here are three writing activities I particularly enjoy that use objects at their core.

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Words shining on the page

I found myself discussing this again the other day – what exactly is poetry? We recognise a poem when we see it on the page, but when it comes to pinning down a definition things seem to get tricky.

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Help tackle poverty using words

Words can be fun and they can be a force for good. I’m thinking of a great word game from the World Food Programme, called Freerice. Have a go and help tackle poverty…

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Playing with gratitude lists – part two

It’s been a week since I set myself the gratitude list ‘treasure hunt’ challenge. What were the results? Time to find out.

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How to write a Scrabble poem

Digging through a cupboard the other day I came across an old Scrabble set. It made me smile to see it – the set had belonged to my Grandma. She was a resilient, loving and creative soul. Holding her game in my hand gave me an idea…

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Playing with gratitude lists – part one

I’m a firm believer in the power of gratitude lists. I know they’re good for me. I don’t do them as often as I should. I’ve been wondering lately, how can I shake things up and encourage myself to write them more regularly?

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