Page Turners: A New Page Well-Turned - Reflection by Paul Karp - 11am, Wednesday, 11 October 2017
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A few years ago, Page Turners was a literature discussion group run at Mentone Public Library.
It has now been revived as a fun, friendly, new writing workshop circle with Elsie Johnstone and me as assistant.
The initial theme of the re-launch was;
'So you have a story to tell'.
Our first session revolved around Elsie's tips on writing a biography.
We began by each taking a turn in our circle of eight participants to tell something of our early lives, or of our progression though life events that formed our characters.
It soon became evident that each of us had an engaging and unique story to tell.
Elsie read out the first sentences of sections of her book
Each first sentence began a chapter from members of Elsie's family over five generations and reflected the character and aspirations of the contributor to the family's history.
Elsie stressed the importance of the first sentence in engaging a reader's interest.
Elsie gave us five minutes to write the first sentence/paragraph of a prospective biography.
We read out our sentences around the circle for critical appraisal.
In some cases a scene-setting first sentence was followed by a much more compelling second sentence that was a better introduction.
Our homework over the next month is to build on our beginnings to share with the group at our next session scheduled for 11am, Wednesday November 15 2017, at which we also aim to write poetry.
Bookings essential as spots are limited to ten places.
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