Creative Writing Workshop
I hold an occasional writing workshop in Cambridgeshire (where I live) which is aimed at everyone, no previous experience or current body of work needed.
We work through various exercises which focus on different areas – such as description, characters, or plot development – and everyone reads out their efforts.
This month we were writing about feet, then trying our hands at haikus (which none of us had written before – at least in English – one of the attendees had written them in Japanese), then looking at using a colour to convey an emotion.
Everyone was very pleased with the haikus – although you can find yourself with haiku hangover – where everything has to be in haiku form – so I’m putting a few sample ones up.
Our haikus were inspired by feet – and by this picture of a cat. The cat was seen as a retired major type pontificating on mice capture, a hungry cat, and a superior owner of a human.
I am a hungry cat
mmmm, meal is fish! – Mayumi
Cat may look at me
Whiskers point elegantly
Queen in a fur coat. – Cressi
Tiny toes curl downwards
Trapping Grandad’s knotted ancient
finger in their vice. – Dave
Foot on a pedal
Too fast to follow, flies past
Pushes, gone away – Chris
Feel free to add your own feet, cat, or even cat feet haikus in the comments.
September 6, 2012