I have started a seven week creative wring course with the Workers Education Association (WEA). Every week the first half of our two hour class is reading out last week’s homework. The second half, after a short break, is usually a writing exercise, sometimes individually and sometimes in small groups, that is preparation for the this week’s homework. Although not my first choice I find the poetry work quite interesting and useful as it involves, in modern prose poetry anyway, an economy of expression and a concern with rhythm, useful for any sort of writing. Some posts here will be the text of some of the exercises. Others will be descriptions of some of the workshop sessions.
As an example, the next post, The Great Mystico, is an exercise where we had to write a piece 350 words long that must include 10 given words. The required words were: bit, draw, flex, perilous, bubble, corner, rancid, pound, high, open.