Contents

struggle to sketch the flowFlash Fiction and Creative Writing with The Safe House

An introduction to the sessions including rationale and suggestions on how to use the sessions.

Read the introduction here.

 

VAN 3The Kit List (Coming soon .. )

An inventory of equipment, tools and resources to make your writing practice more enjoyable and more productive. 

View the Kit List here.

stick figures on the beachPractitioners of the City

A walkshop session, either carried out in the real world or your mind. The product? A single sentence to describe a place where you walk.

Have a go at this session here.

photo boothElsie Ethel Court

A session to inspire if you want to create a character who is close to the heart!

Have a go at this session here.

downloadA Bit of People Watching

This session involves going out and about with your imagination and your phone to practise character description.

Have a go at this session here.

lowA Walk in The Park

A session that invites you to go inside your mind and describe, in the third person, how a character perceives his or her surroundings

Have a go at this session here.

day by day 002Day By Day

This is a session that stimulates practice in writing about the mundanity of routine in daily life.

Have a go at this session here.

(Don’t Go) Back to School

A simple ‘end of story’ stimulus invites reflection on the purpose of school.

Have a go at this session here.

the mortgaged heart“I Live With The People I Create”

A look at how Carson McCullers introduced character followed by an invitation to try it yourself. This session also suggests an opinion piece on the writing presented.

Have a go at this session here.

profile picLizard in the Luggage

Reading a newspaper story provides the stimulus for an imaginative piece of narrative writing. A classic case of ‘what happened next’!

Have a go at this session here.

Realms of Gold Hand written manuscriptRhyme

A challenge – 30 words. A single verse. Four lines and two rhymes. What can you do with it?

Have a go at this session here.

Brian at VictoriaWith Expert Eyes

Alexandra Horowitz’s book, ‘On Looking’ provides the idea for a walking session to practise writing  from a particular point of view.

Have a go at this session here.

ceilingThe First Time They Met

This session is about creating dialogue.

Have a go at this session here.

Abbey Park Bricks and LightsInnocent As Strawberries

Get into the mind of a frightened character and write a first person account of thoughts and feelings.

Have a go at this session here.

23-05-2010 405Voices of the Heart

Reading and the spoken voice provide the stimulus for a different form of recording words in this session.

Have a go at this session here.

open door on the canalSoup Like Windows

A session that uses a description from Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera to practise presenting a scene.

Have a go at this session here.

the safe house clock ten past three‘Smash yr face into my textbook’

Using an emotive and emotional poem by Dominic Nolan, this session invites creative comment on the stresses of meeting deadlines.

Have a go at this session here.

books for wordsIrreclamable Vagabonds

The villains of the piece, words themselves, are hung out to dry in this session. Can you hang them together into a coherent line?

Have a go at this session here.

There are mapsMaps through your Bones and Skin

A first person account considering the effects of experience on a character’s life. This session presents an exercise in describing and accounting for change.

Have a go at this session here.

You can get more from The Safe House

We can come to you or to your group and work with you on any of the sessions described above. Fill in the form below for more information.

 

 

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