Week 1: 25th March 2020- All Things Twiggy!!
This term we were due to start the class at St Nicks using the theme of Trees. As we are no longer able to meet on the reserve, I thought we could have fun with trees as a theme for our first online creative writing class! Following our usual format, I’m going to set out the class exercises below, feel free to have a go and leave your writing / comments in the box below! Top tip: Try to write using all your senses (taste, sound, touch, smell and sight) don’t just tell me about it, show me by placing me in the situation you are writing about.
Task 1: Instead of a walk around the reserve, please use your view, your garden, or green space to notice anything tree related! You might be lucky enough to have trees growing close by, if you don’t perhaps you can spend five minutes thinking about a favourite tree, or one that you like to climb in childhood. *Free write for five minutes about your observations, or a tree related memory!
Task 2: (5 mins) List ten things you can do with a stick! (Be as creative as you like – these are often good start points for a story).
Task 3: (10 mins) A place of solace. Imagine that you are out walking and come across a beautiful woodland. You venture into the woods and discover a large old oak tree that has a large hollow opening in its trunk. Intrigued you look inside – what do you find? (Hints: Use your imagination, is it an opening to another world? Perhaps there is a stair case inside, or perhaps you come across a nest or something unusual?)
Task 4: (5 – 10 minutes) Imagine being able to have a bird’s eye view from the top of a tree where you live. What can you see from your view? How does the land look in contrast to what you see from the ground? What does it feel like being at the top of the tree!?
Inspiration: If you have enjoyed these writing exercises you might also be inspired to know that trees can produce beautiful music! Check out this link where you can hear the sounds of trees via music that has been created by translating the patterns of a tree’s ring to sounds!
- Pictures re this weeks class kindly sent in by Sean and Meg – see comments below.