Monday, July 25, 2005

Cabbage Soup - a writing group. (Hey, that rhymes...!)

Cabbage Soup was formed in May 2005 for no better reason than that it seemed like a good idea at the time.

The original idea was to work through the exercises in the book 'Teach Yourself Creative Writing' by Diane Doubtfire. The two founder members agreed to attempt every exercise, and not to let each other wriggle out of those exercises which took them furthest from their respective comfort zones.

The group was advertised within the library where the founders work and attracted some interest. Membership began with 2, peaked at 8, and currently stands at 5.

This blog is likely to be mainly me rambling on, but I'd like to also include some samples of work, with the writers' permission of course. Let's see how it goes.

If you'd like to play along from a distance get yourself a copy of the book. Watch out for different editions by the way, the exercises vary. We're using the 1996 2nd edition rather than the latest one. Let us know how you get on.

So far we've done the following exercises. (Much more info in the book.)

1. Write a 300-500 word anecdote called "Seen through a window."
2. Write a 1000 word article.
3. Find a time and place to write for an hour a day.
4. Prepare your article for submission for publication.
5. Write a 5 minute radio talk.

Two of the articles from Ex. 2 have already been accepted for publication!

We're currently working on

6. Plan and write the first two pages of a short story.


Anonymous said...

Trust you're going to 'recap' on the first exercises and how they were as an experience.

Alison Williams said...

Thanks for the suggestion, anon. I may well do that.