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Outline and Editing – Writing workshop – Monday 29 February

The upcoming writing workshop on Monday, 29 February 2:30 pm at Tavira library will consider the joint themes of outline and editing. Over the last few weeks, we have looked at scene, dialogue, description character and more. The last workshop focused on descriptive exercises within a scene. Some timed writing exercises were attempted, completed and shared. This next session will suggest ways of critically assessing our work and how to begin.. Read More

Writing workshop – Description and Scene

In the last writing workshop on February 1st, we talked about the role of dialogue as a technique to develop plot and move a story along. Regina Shrimpton created a couple of dialogue exercises and we worked through them to compress and improve. Some writers believe great dialogue should be a chain of poetic or comic gems, zingers of brilliantly crafted one-liners. Some believe it should be exactly like everyday speech. The key.. Read More

January – writing workshops in Tavira

Tavira and the river

The “Writing in the Algarve” group held its first meeting of 2016 at Tavira Library. Monday’s (4th January) meeting looked at story, plot and theme. New members mingled with familiar faces. After introductions we went straight into the first writing exercise, a set scene, involving a psychiatric hospital, a windfall and an ill-tempered character. The task was to write for 5 minutes using this framework. The ideas that came through were spontaneous, lively and bold.

Writing workshop 3 – What’s next?

The third writing workshop was an opportunity to share progress, (or not), to play with words and to meet other scribblers and writers during National Novel Writing Month NaNoWriMo. We used a couple of writing prompts to get us into the flow. We met at our usual venue – Tavira library. The fourth writing session will be Monday 23 November at 2:30 pm at Tavira Library. 

Writing workshop 2 – Prompts and dialogue – Álvaro de Campos

Alvaro de Campos

Some excellent cultural activities, music, dance, theatre, related to the 125th Anniversary of Álvaro de Campos have continued in Tavira during October 2015. As part of the festival, local school students from the Biblioteca Esjac, Tavira, have produced artwork. They were tasked with creating images of Pessoa’s heteronym, Álvaro de Campos. Their creative efforts need to be acknowledged and memorialised. I have included a few at the end of this update.

Writing workshop – Wednesday 21st October 2015

Networking for writers and workshop Wednesday 21st October 2015, 10am – 12noon,  Tavira Library As part of the 125th anniversary celebration of Álvaro de Campos taking place in Tavira, a free writers workshop, (in English) has been arranged. Some people may not think of themselves as writers, but the urge to scribble words, tell stories in writing, or even the thought of being a writer is something that may excite. You.. Read More