Week 7: Words from the Wild 17.02.21

Today’s class is inspired by Way Making – An anthology of women’s adventure writing, poetry and art. There are some sample pages of the book here, for anyone interested in getting a little flavour of the writing.

This week we chose poetry by Imogen Cassels as our inspiration – For anyone that has the book the poem is titled: ‘Last Night I Dream We Walk Up To the Point Again’ .

Imogen uses short stansas, each one a little sketch of a scene. This week we are going to use this as inspiration to work through creative writing tasks from the ground to the sky, creating written postcards of what we see. You can either use my photos as prompts, or use a place of your own to inspire your writing.

Task 1: (5 mins) Under my feet. In ten lines write about what you find under your feet outdoors… if you are stuck take your feet for a walk!! Describe the journey through the senses..

Task 2: (5 mins) Within reach of my finger tips… What could you reach out and touch? Today I met a Robin of who I could have touched – he was within arms reach. I could touch the different textures of the bark on the trees. The new buds appearing along branches….

Task 3: (10 mins) Taking in my view. Now thinking of the bigger picture of a special place, what is your whole view? Tell me what you can see on the horizon, or if you are somewhere enclosed what is your 360 degree view or impression? Use the senses to put me in your shoes and bring the scene to life (sight, sound, taste, touch, smell).

Task 4: (5 mins) Looking skywards. Now lets finish with the sky. Imagine writing a postcard from your special place in nature to a friend. Take a line from each task to create a short piece of prose describing where you are. Finish with a line describing the sky and what type of day it is.

As you can see, I wrote this blog from the woodland. I hope that you find some inspiration in these tasks and I look forward to reading your words.

With best wishes,

Published by Emma

Hi my name is Emma! I am a writer and artist. I work for the NHS at Converge (www.yorksj.ac.uk/converge) and I am also an MA graduate in Creative writing and am currently studying for a PhD in Humanities. I have been leading a creative writing class at the beautiful St Nicks in York (www.stnicks.org.uk) for the last five years. When I am not at work I'm on my allotment or at Base Camp (my home) planning new adventures.

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