How wonderful and inspiring to see how other writers work and are inspired by these Six Unusual Writing Studios. we stumbled upon at Something to Write Home About – Jean Fischer’s brilliant blog.
3. This lead should be a single sentence which contains all the relevant information. E.g. Eighteen people were rescued from a burning factory by a stray sheepdog.
4. Keep paragraphs down to one or two sentences.
5. Keep sentences short.
6. Keep the language simple.
7. In Associated Press style, punctuation almost always goes inside quotation marks. Example: “We arrested the suspect,” Detective John Jones said. (Note the placement of the comma.)
8. News stories are written in the past tense.
9. News stories do not contain opinion. Avoid words (particularly adjectives) that imply that the writer has one.
10. Opinions can be quoted.
11. When you first refer to someone who’s quoted in a story, use their full name and job title if applicable. On the second and all subsequent references, use just their last name.
I Prescribe TV
If you want to see a doctor – simply turn on the TV
For every other programme’s medical, I guarantee.
We’ve Doctors, Medics, House, ER and also Holby City,
Embarassing Bodies, A & E, and also Casualty.
There’s Doctor Hilary, Doctor Chris, and Doctor Pixie too,
Steer clear of Gillian McKeith – obsessed with number two!
There’s Doctor Phibes, who loved his spouse, and Docs Evil, and No,
The soaps have medicine in them too, though not in every show.
Sherlock had Doctor Watson, who was always at his side,
And Doctor Henry Jekyll, who turned into Edward Hyde.
A TV diagnosis is the fastest you can get,
Even on a Zoo Visit, you are sure to see a Vet.
Of course my favourite medic has a surgery that’s blue.
I wish he was my GP – well – who else but Doctor Who!
© Pandora Varrakalion
We’d like to share an engaging art blog post Review: Fundraising through art at New Horizons from Kensington & Chelsea’s City Living Local Life blog written by Open Age’s creative writing tutor Robert Silver: about an art exhibition at New Horizons Centre in Chelsea and Open Age’s endeavours to raise funds for such a great cause!
We have discovered some brilliant tips at Writing Forward for proofreading and editing your writing. From asking a friend or family member to help you… do-it-yourself… or hiring a professional – Click on the link below to read these 21 helpful tips!
- Proofread and edit every single piece of writing before it is seen by another set of eyes. No exceptions. Even if you hire a professional editor or proofreader, check your work first.
- Understand the difference between proofreading and editing. Edit first by making revisions to the content and language. Then proofread to check for proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
- Use the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word when you edit. This feature saves your edits. You can then approve or reject those edits.
As part of London Creativity & Wellbeing Week 2015 here at Open Age we organised a number of exciting events and workshops including an exhibition with performances at Paddington Arts inspired by fairy tales, storytelling, folklore and all things magical!
These wonderful collages were made by members of Open Age Create Expectations art class led by myself Hester Jones at Olive House – a Housing and Care 21 sheltered housing – in Fulham perched on the River Thames. The collages were also exhibited at our Paddington Arts Once Upon a Time showcase in June with lots of brilliant feedback from visitors!
The accompanying stories were made collaboratively in a group storytelling workshop at Olive House. Many of the members in this group are living with dementia.
In our weekly class Create Expecations we certainly experiment with lots of different mediums, inspired by many different artists and writers. We have dabbled in Pop Art, Impressionism, Poor Art, papier mâché, decoupage, candle making, poetry by William Blake, photography, and storytelling.. the list is endless! We hope you enjoy these collages and stories as much as our members enjoyed making them!
“I’m Watching You”
There was a big eagle in Grandma’s flat, a singing bird, a hawk. “If I was a blackbird” was her favorite song. There was a picture of flowers on the wall with a lampshade dangling down. She was just watching her lunch – the little mouse. Suddenly the big bird decided she didn’t want lunch and instead had a whisky on mice!
“Mary Had A Little Lamb”
Once upon a time I was expecting a baby and her name was baby Sheila. She was a professional dressmaker and she made suits, and they were well-made. She also made evening wear for ladies. She knitted jumpers from the sheep’s wool too. She made lovely coats and lovely shoes to match.
“A lady called Joan”
There was a lady called Joan. She was in her living room admiring her collection of nick-nacks. She was out of the bathroom, suddenly, a lion came and broke all the crockery.
“Don’t worry love, I’m not after you, I’m not hungry.”
Once upon a time there was a panda holding a baby in bed (the only two people to vote for the liberal democrats in the general election in Scotland)
“Hush baby, mummy’s coming now to feed you… some bamboo!”
“The Nanny Goat”
There was a nanny goat. The nanny goat lived in a field where he used to play chasing the birds and butterflies around in the fields. There was a polar bear and a brown bear. The Queen of Hearts lived in the red hat and the King of Spades lived in the black hat. One day the brown bear decided to go for a walk in the forest, he saw a great big sheep with horns. Then came a lion and butt the sheep with his great big horns. Then, the sheep had a baby! A young lamb.
Once upon a time when I was in Australia in the outback I was pleased to see animals hopping about. The meerkats, the kangaroos, and lovely birds, parakeets, wallabies, snakes as well. The meerkats were walking on the sand.
“Oh what a beautiful doll!” “Oh what handsome creatures the way they walk, the way they talk, the way they are all looking at the sea. They were all running about chasing the butterflies and the sheep and all the native animals.
With special thanks to Haynesh Johannes the activity coordinator at Olive House for all her kind support.
The report Creative Homes by the Baring Foundation demonstrates how the arts can contribute to the quality of life of people in residential care. Open Age is delighted to be a member of Age Action Alliance Creative Working Group:
“A vibrant group of representatives from national to grassroots organisations across a wide range of arts activities with interests in active to the most frail and vulnerable people. These different perspectives allow for new innovative ideas to emerge.“
“We could be a “hot-house” for new ideas and ways of working to make creative arts mainstream for all. This work could bring positive benefits to older people at whatever stage in their life-course; for policy and decision-makers; organisations providing care services and arts opportunities; as well as families, carers and arts practitioners. The impact could affect neighbourhoods and have regional and national implications.”