Reflecting on ANZAC Day

Reflecting on ANZAC Day

What does ANZAC Day mean to you? As revellers drank beer and played two-up outside nearby pubs, this was the question we tackled in our warm-up exercise at tonight’s regular writing group meet-up. Given only ten minutes to respond, participants reflected on subjects ranging from Czechoslovakian childhoods and Russian propaganda, to domestic violence …

Rural school education in India

Rural school education in India

As an outcome of SSOA author, Geetha Waters’ efforts as an education consultant in India, our organisation gives moral support to The H2 Apparels Community School in Palamaner in rural Andhra Pradesh. The school for the children of local women factory workers has been running for a year, and the challenge that the Principal Mr. […]

Writing of the Week: Forging connections

Writing of the Week: Forging connections

Creativity often involves forging new connections between old ideas. At last Tuesday’s regular writing group meet-up, we gave our brains a workout by doing exactly that. First, we passed around a jar containing forty slips of paper. On each slip was one word representing either: a person (think ‘grandmother’, ‘pilot’, ‘baby’); a place …

How to write an interesting sex scene

How to write an interesting sex scene

Every sex scene needs a purpose. Unless you’re writing actual erotica, a form of literary pornography, its purpose cannot be titillation alone. Whether your genre is Romance, Fantasy, Sci-Fi or Murder Mystery, there may come a point where your characters end up in an intimate situation. This is very challenging for many writers, and very easy to get wrong. …
Writing of the Week: Present continuous

Writing of the Week: Present continuous

Present Continuous A tough exercise, this one, to write a passage using only present continuous tense. And the winner was … Helena Ameisen. Of course it’s extending the limits of what length sounds and feel right in the use of present continuous to ask students to write using that tense only for 10 minutes. But […]