Creative Wordshops Apr/May 2016 Writing Newsletter

In the beginning people lit fires on shores to warn ships of shallows and shark rocks, to make safe the seaway. Others lit fires to lure seafarers onto rocks or to land contraband. In the Homeric era, along the coasts of the Aegean. On unknown…

Creative Wordshops Mar/Apr 2016 Writing Newsletter

Umberto Eco died on Friday 19th Feb at 84. As stories go, without knowing about his death, I quoted him in a metaphor wordshop in the botanical gardens in Bloemfontein held on that same Friday. In Eco’s novel, The Island of the Day Before,…

Creative Wordshops Feb/Mar 2016 Writing Newsletter

Often we find ourselves arguing about past events – about who did what to whom and in what order. We disagree not only over content but tone and emphasis – the way the other person loaded the words. This so easily degenerates into an endless…

Creative Wordshops Jan/Feb 2016 Writing Newsletter

So here we are once more at a kind of beginning. The Romans placed statues of Janus the god of beginnings, in public doorways and at the entrance to the casa. One face looked into the street, the other into the interior. The beginning of the…