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 […]

Globalisation and Literature Conference

Globalisation and Literature Conference

Globalisation and Literature was the theme for a conference from which I've just returned, representing SSOA at Osmania University in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Organised at the Osmania University Centre for International Programmes (OUCIP), the conference gave established scholars as well as Masters and PhD students the chance to hear views on the latest leading theories and practices in the academic world of literature. It was a privilege to be invited to participate. …
Kathakali dancers

Kathakali dancers

KATHAKALI DANCE TRADITION THRIVING As Director of Sydney School of Arts & Humanities on a visit to South India last week, I was welcomed to an impromptu viewing of students training at their special school near Thrissur. At Kerala Kalamandalam, the Kathakali dance performance training school-university, students have to work hard to learn the complicated …