The local Society of Authors offered a great programme of workshops today. There was nothing specifically about blogging, and I chose sessions that looked interesting and were promoted as being interactive.
The first was “Writing Historical Novels” with Maxine Alterio. I didn’t remember her name at all, but once she started talking I remembered that I had read and enjoyed her “Lives we Leave Behind” a couple of years ago. She told how she got published originally and spoke about her writing process. It was very well done, plus she gave us some exercises to stir our creativity.
I then went to a session on poetry with Joanna Preston which was also stimulating. She asked us to write limericks to introduce ourselves to the group. I had time to write three, and here they are:
I’m Ruth and I’m glad to be here
But speaking out loud can bring fear
I don’t want to say
Much about me today
If asked, I would not volunteer.
A limerick about me, forsooth
Must I really divulge all the truth?
There’s details, you see
You don’t know about me
So I’ll just say that my name is Ruth.
A doggerel writer, that’s me
I don’t create best poetry
But spend lots of time
Counting rhythm and rhyme
And finish like this, as you see.