Monthly Archives: February 2016

Learning to Swim


Learning to swim

Jude’s mother teaching her to swim in Butlin’s swimming pool

This week’s prompt by Jude.

Write a short piece about learning to swim. Include exact sounds, tastes and sensations.

To get you in the mood, listen to this early version of The Swimming Song by Loudon Wainwright 111

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Tip no 35

TIP 35 from 63 WRITING TIPS available to buy from this site. “Don’t neglect minor characters. They may be in the background but they add interest and depth to your story. Pay attention to the minor characters in the books you are reading and notice the part they play”.

Prompt from Alex : Describe the scene in the photograph from the point of view of one the minor characters.

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Alex and Jude at the Bath Literature Festival

Alex and Jude are delighted to be part of the Bath Literature Festival.  Our workshop is on Thursday March 3rd – find us in the brochure.

Get Writing with Alex and Jude  – 10am-1pm in Bath Central Library

This workshop is for anyone who wants to write and would like to have a go before signing up to one of our creative writing sessions. Do come too if you are already writing and want a boost. We’ll be introducing lots of writing exercises to motivate and inspire.  Book online  or in person at the Bath Booking Office Telephone 01225 463362 . Get Writing is sponsored by the Bath based Self-Publishing Partnership.

Music Matters

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Photograph of The Specials, UEA, Norwich,1979 by Tim Richards. Read his account of photographing music gigs in ‘Lost Rock Photography’ ,a Guardian Witness Series


This week’s prompt by Jude, inspired by her neighbour, Tim Richard’s great photograph of The Specials, UEA Norwich, 1979.

Write a piece about the first music gig you ever attended. Cherkasky playing Beethoven or The Specials, it doesn’t matter.  Make it into fiction, using a third person point of view or keep in the first person as a memoir piece. How did the experience inspire you or your character?