“A picture may be worth a thousand words BUT a thousand words can make a picture or a movie in a reader’s mind, transport them to another world.”

A group of keen authors met together to add some more tools into our writer’s toolkits.
• We told stories.
• We looked at three ways of structuring our writing to make pictures in our reader’s minds, to show an event, a place and a person.
• We looked at some language features we can use to enhance our writing.

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Long, long ago, stories were told orally and it was quite some time in the history of people before stories were written down and crafted together in the way we now experience story telling. Each week we used a selection of picture cards to tell stories to each other. Characters, settings and plots developed and we often added in the language features we were looking at. It was great fun and our story telling talent showed!






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Three Writing Structures
From the book: I’ve got something to say by Gail Loane with Sally Muir. ISBN 978-0-473-14260-5

Describing a place
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Describing an event
• Bare bones • Listing sentence captures action.

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• Flesh out the bare bones • Visualisation uses the five senses of writers and readers.
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You can read the full version of Patricia Grace’s story “Beans” here. http://teaohou.natlib.govt.nz/journals/teaohou/issue/Mao74TeA/c3.html

Describing a person
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You’ll enjoy reading our writing here.
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Language features to enhance your writing
Each week we added a writing tool to our toolkit, to help us ‘show’ rather than ‘tell.’
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Publishing your writing
• Handwrite or type your writing as a gift for someone special.
• Check out these excellent books.
IMG_6348.jpg* Getting Published: NZ Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc)IMG_6349.jpg
ISBN 978-0-473-16836-0
(Invercargill Public Library: Adult Section: Non-Fiction 808.02 ROS)
* Bateman New Zealand Writer’s Handbook: An Indispensible Guide to Getting Published
(6th Edition updated in 2013)
by Tina Shaw
ISBN 978-1-86953-836-1
(Invercargill Public Library: Adult Section: Non-Fiction 808.02 SHA)

Check out these useful websites.
* New Zealand Society of Authors and Writers Association
www.authors.org.nz
* Publishers Association of New Zealand http://www.publishers.org.nz/
* Kindle Direct Publishing https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help

If you wish to study English after you leave school here are some links to follow.
http://www.nzwriterscollege.co.nz/
http://www.whitireia.ac.nz/AreasOfInterest/Creative-Writing/Pages/CreativeWriting.aspx
http://www.otago.ac.nz/englishlinguistics/english/
http://www.victoria.ac.nz/study/programmes-courses/subjects/creative-writing