Proust on cliches and light

Proust on cliches and light

Proust on cliches and light. What’s with all the fuss about using clichés in creative writing? I had the opportunity recently to read Alain de Botton’s How Proust Can Change Your Life – an amusing yet utilitarian text which encourages both the reading of Proust and finding the time to do so, no mean task. I hit upon a passage about why clichés …

Creative writing: its significance to me

Creative writing: its significance to me

The significance of creative writing to me It arrived in the mail last week, a hand-written envelope in familiar writing. Ripping it open, I began reading: Dear Therese, I am writing to remind you of what Shubavuha said. ‘Your life is a canvas with limited space. What do you want on the canvas of your life?' ... Each week I look forward to Fridays …

Writing of the Week Upanishads

Writing of the Week Upanishads

Writing of the Week Upanishads In a recent meet up of our Sydney School of Arts & Humanities Friday creative writing group, the writing prompt set for members to limber up word-wise for 10-minutes was: ‘There are many truths. Each truth comes from the eye of the observer.’ Here is the response from a new […]

Sex Writing of the Week

Sex Writing of the Week

Sex. Lately it has been about sex. I sat at a high tea on the weekend - my sisters birthday - a sister I don’t see very often, who had invited the whole cavalcade of cousins within our family, all females, and provided us with a blistering view of the harbour, the beauty and activity of which clustered outside the huge glass plate windows for us to …

Writing of the Week: dialogue with conflict

Writing of the Week: dialogue with conflict

For a recent exercise in writing strong dialogue containing conflict, David Kelly from our Thursday evening group was awarded ‘writer of the week’. Here’s the dialogue, short but punchy: Conflict or what? ‘You get the fuck out of my house,’ Miranda yelled at Jack. ‘It’s both ‘our house’ Miranda,’ Jack yelled …

Sydney Writers Circle meetup hits the mark

Sydney Writers Circle meetup hits the mark

Sydney Writers Circle meetup hits the mark Sydney Writers Circle meetup has recently been the subject of a study into group dynamics with a positive finding that we deliver the goods ... that is, helpful, gentle and 'affirming' feedback for emerging writers.

Paris by Vélo

Paris by Vélo

What glorious autumn days we’re enjoying in Sydney this month! Whether you’ve been exploring our city’s beautiful parks and gardens – or merely sitting inside daydreaming about such leisurely pursuits – we invite you to read the following passages by SSOA member Helena Ameisen. Although not set in Sydney, Helena’s …