e a m harris

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Winchester Writers’ Conference workshops

We stayed in the student village

Yesterday I returned from a packed and inspirational weekend at the conference. I’ve been several times before and always find I return with a mass of new ideas. The secret is to make use of them before they disappear into the ether of forgetfulness.

I did a workshop on drafting and redrafting poems, given by performance poet Agnes Meadows. Not only did we come away with some seriously imagination-loosening exercises, but we had a good laugh on the way.

Also in a poetic vein was the discussion on haiku. The main message seemed to be

throw away all the 300 odd haiku rules and concentrate on the minimalist and in-the-moment requirements

I’m all for that. Remembering all those rules is beyond my limited brain-storage capacity.

The fiction sessions were also good. Using maps and ribbons to explore character and plot, are things I’m going to try, and I won’t forget the tutor who complained about a boxful of heavy metaphors.

The weekend was tiring – doing fiction exercises at 10:30 at night after a long day and a huge meal requires some stamina. But the ideas and insights are worth it. One can always sleep.


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4 thoughts on “Winchester Writers’ Conference workshops

  1. Good for you. When i get my Writers’ Digest magazine. I get so excited and if I’m reading when I’m away from home I can’t wait to get home and work. glad you came away with something. 😀


  2. Thank you, I sent it off to several of my aspiring authors as a reminder to do one’s homework before attempting to publish.



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