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Writing Prompt: ‘I Wanted to Make Myself like the Ravine’ by Hannah Gamble

Browsing through tweets on World Poetry Day last month, I came across Hannah Gamble’s poem ‘I Wanted to Make Myself like the Ravine’. The moment I read it, I knew I had to write a response – my own poem. It would be a journey of self-discovery.

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How to start a memoir: warm up ideas and activities

Have you ever thought about writing a memoir? Where should you start? Perhaps you want to play around with ideas and see where they take you. If so, here are a selection of memoir writing activities to help get the creative juices flowing.

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3 quick creative writing activities

When you’re short on time, it’s handy to have some quick creative writing activities you can turn to at a moment’s notice. Here are three of my favourites. They’re fun, straightforward and versatile.

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10 interesting images for creative writing

They say, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. But which words, exactly? As a writer, that’s where the fun begins. In this post, I’ve gathered together ten interesting images to use as starting points for creative writing. Free the words within the pictures and see what happens.

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What’s the secret to successful spine poetry?

Spine poetry is a delightfully simple concept. Take a selection of books, arrange them in a stack so the titles flow when read one after the other, and there you have a poem! But is it really that straightforward? Occasionally I’ll glance at a pile of books and wonder what sort of poem they would produce. Often the answer is: ‘a very strange one’. So, what’s the secret to successful spine poetry?

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How to make a four-piece poetry puzzle

My girl came home from nursery this week with a puzzle she had painted. As I matched up the colourful swirls, I thought the whole thing was such a lovely idea that I felt inspired to make my own – except mine would use words. It would be a poetry puzzle.

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Writing Prompt: ‘The Way It Is’ by William Stafford

This New Year’s Eve gave me a memory that I’ll treasure – a lovely moment with my daughter. At the same time, I rediscovered ‘The Way It Is’ by William Stafford. A poem about life and its journey, Stafford’s words caused me to ask: ‘what thread will lead me through this coming year?’ Taking his poem as my writing prompt, I began to explore.

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A Poem for Christmas – and a Festive Quiz

Christmas songs are all around and those catchy tunes keep getting stuck in my head. So I thought I’d have a little fun and create a poem out of my favourite lyrics. Read on for the result.

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How to write a six-word story

I’m fascinated by six-word stories. Telling an entire tale in so few words… it’s magical what we can do with language. They’re fun to write and satisfying to read. So I decided to explore these mini marvels in more detail, and see if I could pick up some tips along the way.

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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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