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 on: October 16, 2014, 07:58:26 pm 
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 on: October 09, 2014, 01:28:31 pm 
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Think differently with these tasks. Write and post below  Smiley

1.   Describe a day in the life of an animal (pick any animal you want).      

2.   Write a short piece, either from the perspective of a very young child or a very old person, or from the opposite gender than you usually write in (try to alter your vocabulary or writing style to reflect these changes).                     

3.   Imagine 20 years have passed, and you are 20 years older than you are now.  Write your current self a letter from the future.  What will you say?  What advice?      

4.   Quickly think up some sort of crime, whether small or big (the more details, the better).  Tell it to the person on your left.  Now with the crime you have been given, write a short piece either from the perspective of the perpetrator or the victim.         

5.   You’ve met an alien who has no understanding of emotion at all.  Pick an emotion and try to describe it to them in terms they might understand.            

6.   A favourite of creative writing courses the world over: write about the life story of an inanimate object.  How long do they live?  How do they feel?  What’s their purpose – or what do they think it is?                        

7.   You are one of the last remaining human survivors after a terrible atrocity.  There is virtually no chance of humanity surviving and all you can do is watch as society crumbles.  How do you feel?  How do others react around you?               

8.   Imagine that you live in an alternate universe where you made different choices in all the important moment of your life.  How did things turn out?         

9.   Imagine that you are an omniscient being who knows how the earth will end.  Keeping in mind its end, explain the history of the earth from its very beginning to its final hours.  Does it all make sense in the end?                     

 on: October 09, 2014, 01:25:56 pm 
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Aliens, spaceships, inter-galactic warfare! Get some ideas from these tasks, write and post below.

1.   Design an alien race and imagine what happens when they find earth.  Do they make contact with us?  How different are they to us?                  

2.   Imagine that in the future, the human race has become far more advanced than it currently is.  Now an alien race finds us, but they also find that we are more advanced and more powerful than them.  What happens?                  

3.   In the future, genetic engineering and/or cloning becomes possible.  What happens?  Who holds the knowledge to this power and what do they use it for?  Does it become taboo or acceptable?                           

4.   In the future, we learn how to move faster than the speed of light (think warp drives), or we find a worm hole and start sending people through it.  But this has unintended side effects on people.  What happens?                     

5.   In the future, A.I. and very smart androids become commonplace.  What happens?  Bonus points in the robots don’t just try to stage an uprising, eg. androids are treated just like humans and parents raise them if they can’t have children of their own.  One family tries to keep it from their young daughter that she is actually a robot.         

6.   In the future, time travel becomes possible.  The technology is hidden from the public to stop misuse, but a small, secret government agency begins going back in time to selectively rewrite some of the worst mistakes in history... or what they deem to be the worst mistakes.  What happens?                           

7.   Humans finally become advanced enough to venture into the depths of space and explore new planets, only to get there and find that the entire galaxy is populated by numerous aliens who have already set up their own Federation of Planets, complete with politics, infighting, and a galactic religion.  Earth is allowed to join the federation, but only if it will convert to the strange alien religion.                  

8.   In the future, robotic technology becomes so cheap and advanced that humans all start dropping out of the workforce.  Robots take over all the mundane chores and manual labour of life, like farming, building, cleaning, and cooking.  Generations later, a change in the earth’s magnetic field renders all robotic technology useless.  People have to relearn everything.  What happens to society?                  

9.   Science fiction consequences – write the first line of a story, and continue!


 on: October 09, 2014, 01:22:29 pm 
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Some spooky tasks to whet your vampiric appetite. Write and post below!

1.   Word association – based on words that remind you of ‘horror’.         

2.   Pick a normal, everyday object.  Now try to make it scary.         

3.   Horror is especially scary when it doesn’t describe its monster or main terror, but rather works on the power of your own imagination.  Try to describe a terror while using as few descriptions as possible – if you must, don’t focus on sight but try other senses.   

4.   Horror is especially scary when it makes us feel fear in places that we previously thought were safe, or it makes things seem uncanny or unusual without being outright scary.  Either set a story in a safe place that somehow becomes scary, or in a setting that is very unsettling without being too scary.                      

5.   Horror is especially scary when it reflects things about ourselves that we’d rather not think about.  Write a piece where the main character is actually the horror.      

6.   Horror monsters are often based on social fears of the time – eg. Frankenstein’s monster comes from a fear of the power of science, and Dracula comes from the Victorian fear of lust and sexuality.  Create a modern day horror monster from current social fears.

7.   Take a famous horror character and insert them into another genre (like romance or comedy).                           

8.   Horror consequences – write the first line of a horror story, and continue!

 on: October 09, 2014, 01:19:26 pm 
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These tasks are designed to be acted out or spoken. If you like what you come up with, why not get in touch with a committee member to see if it can be part of our segment on the Drama Show on URN?

1.   Write a short piece, either poetry or prose, based on a person’s musings and how they think things through in their head.  Try and get a character voice pinned down.   

Advice from radio play writers:
Hit the ground running – don’t waste time on introductory stuff.  Start the story as late as possible, in the middle of a crisis.
Focus on fewer, well-crafted characters.  Dialogue is the focus so their speech mannerisms need to be uniquely theirs.
Every bit of speech must have a purpose and move the script along in some way.
Don’t be too obvious.  Characters shouldn’t say exactly what they’re thinking or perfectly answer one another – they should bounce off each other and really react.
Use a variety of sounds, sentence lengths, dialogue paces and speaking characters to hold the audience’s interest.

2.   Pick a character, your own or fictional.  With the person next to you, write a short piece of dialogue between the two that deals with a conflict of some sort.  How do they interact?  Try to make it sound real and fluid, not stilted.               

3.   On your own again, write a script in which a character explains something that happened to them previously.  They could be telling a friend a funny story, musing in their head over what has occurred, or giving testimony in court.  Try to make it unobvious that you’re providing exposition.                           

4.   Your character is going on a blind date with somebody else.  Use this as an opportunity to really expose the personality of your chosen character, their history, and how they react to things, in a natural setting.                     

5.   Write a script which includes separate levels of speech occurring at the same time, eg. regulars in a pub listening to and commenting on the president’s speech playing on the tv.  How can you make it obvious what speech is in which level?  What can this setup bet used to illustrate?                             

6.   Write an intensely action-filled script.  Things are happening very fast – how can you express exactly what is occurring and who is doing what?  If you’re having trouble try out different things, such as flashbacks, voiceovers or inner monologues.         

7.   Write a short high-concept fantasy or sci-fi story in the form of a script.  This means you must be able to explain the fantastical things occurring around the characters only through dialogue and without resorting to meaningless fantasy or sci-fi jargon.      

8.   Write a script set in either a dystopian, futuristic or post-apocalyptic setting.  How can you express how things are different without using exposition?  Examples: dictator’s announcements over a tannoy, appliances that speak as characters use them, and lots of interesting sound effects!                     

 on: October 09, 2014, 01:14:09 pm 
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Love is in the air for these lit circle tasks, so get romantic, get writing and get posting!

1.   Word association – piece based on words that remind you of ‘romance’.      

2.   Write the most disgustingly sappy piece of romantic poetry that you can think of.  If it rhymes, even better.  Or if you’d rather, play it straight and write a genuinely sweet (and novel) piece of romantic poetry!                  

3.   Write a tragic romance that goes terribly wrong, a la Romeo and Juliet.  What happens?  Why does it all fall apart?  Are they all idiots like usual?            

4.   Write an unusual romance.  This could be between two people who are way too dissimilar, like two aliens, or a romance taking place somewhere decidedly unromantic, like a firearms factory.  Or anything else equally odd in typical romance writing.      

5.   Write about a person who falls in love with something other than a person – this could be an object, an animal, an addiction, or anything else.  Go crazy         

6.   Write a terrible sex scene: the more cringe-worthy and simpering the better.  Also, the more flowery the euphemisms used to describe genitalia the better.         

7.   Write about a famous historical or literary romance, but add a secret unknown fact about the couple that nobody was aware of.  For example, Adam and Eve were secretly both cheating on one another (with who???) or Cleopatra was secretly a man.   

8.   Romantic consequences!  Write the first line of a romantic encounter, then fold over.  Pass to the person next to you.  Each person must add another line!         

 on: October 09, 2014, 01:09:53 pm 
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Who cares if it's October? It's already getting cold, so try your hand at some Winter and Christmas themed lit circle tasks.

1.   Word association: winter.                     

2.   A snowman comes to life and tries to make something of himself by getting a respectable job – something like a banker, doctor or journalist.  How does it work out?

3.   Write an original Christmas carol.  Set it to a familiar tune or think up your own.  Will it become a staple Christmas favourite?                  

4.   Write a day in the life of Santa (either Christmas day or not).  What really goes on at the North Pole?  How does he actually get around the world that fast?      

5.   Acrostics!  You can all pretend to be children again.  Write an acrostic poem for either ‘Christmas’, ‘winter wonderland’, or something equally festive.         

6.   What if Santa retired?  Who would he be replaced by?  Who would take over the role of Reindeer?  Would chaos engulf the world?               

7.   Write about a character who either hates the Christmas season or absolutely adores it.  Better still, write about both and force them to work together in unlikely circumstances.  Who goes mad first?                        

8.   Consequences: Christmas edition!  Try and write a children’s Christmas story a la “’Twas the night before Christmas...”  Bonus points the more non-child-friendly it is.

 on: October 09, 2014, 01:05:37 pm 
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Here are some tasks all on the theme of dreams. Go on, have a go and let us know how you do!

1.   Word association: dreams!                     

2.   Think of someone you really hate and imagine a horrific nightmare for them.     

3.   Imagine an inventive way of escaping a dream once you start lucid dreaming – how could you get out?  Think of something more exciting than just waking up!      

4.   Write about a person who has dreams that somehow begin to affect or invade their real life.  How do they cope?  What do they do in response?            

5.   Imagine that you suddenly got your "dream" everything. Your dream job. Your dream partner. Your dream house. What would it be like if every thing and person in your life was dreamily ideal? How would things change?               

6.   You’ve helped a mad scientist to create a device that lets you into other people's dreams! You take the technology out for a test drive one night. Whose dreams do you go into and what do you do while you're in there?                  

7.   Consequences: lucid dreaming.  Write a short paragraph in which a character is lucid dreaming.  Cover everything up but the last line – pass on and see how the dream is continued!                           


 on: October 09, 2014, 01:02:20 pm 
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This was an extra special, murder mystery themed lit circle. Everyone had a character with a bio: one was the murderer, everyone was a suspect.

Esther Burnett, the star singer of the Swingin’ Seven band has been murdered in cold blood! The rest of her band mates all have air-tight alibis. They were setting up on stage in the Artists’ Quarter jazz club, waiting for their singer to arrive, when it was announced that she had been found dead in the club toilets. The coroner’s report determined that she had been killed not more than an hour before she was found, apparently from blunt trauma to the head. Who could have done it...?
Everyone at the jazz club has been ordered to remain in the building while investigations get underway.  Now the investigator called to the scene has begun asking everyone questions which they must answer.  The killer must still be in the room with us...
Esther Burnett   Very talented, rising singer, hoping to move to a bigger and better band
Divorced from her husband, Richard
Also a notorious racist
Lydia: saxophone               Kerry: piano            Beth: trumpet
Sarah: clarinet               Sam: bass            Laura: drums

1.   What are you doing at the Artists’ Quarter jazz club tonight?         

2.   How did you know the deceased, Esther Burnett?  Did you know her?        

3.   What is your role here in the city?  What do you do as a job/in spare time?   

4.   Never mind the murderer for now – what do you think the motivation behind the crime was?  What reason could anyone have for wanting to kill Esther?      

5.   The investigator is taking some time to sort through his notes.  You have a moment to strike up a conversation with the person sat next to you.            

6.   Who do you think the killer is, and why?  Argue your case!         

 on: October 09, 2014, 12:55:20 pm 
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Need some help trying to create a fantasy tale? Try these tasks, and let us know how you get along below.

1.   Design your own mythical or fantastical creature.            

2.   Design your own fantasy world!  What does it look like?  What are its inhabitants?  Is there a system of magic?  What is its history?                    

3.   Create either a hero or an evil villain for a fantasy story (bonus points if they’re part of the fantasy world you’ve just created).                  

4.   Create a fantastical religion with one or multiple gods/goddesses.  Bonus points if you also think up a creation myth to go with the religion.               

5.   Imagine a fantasy world in which the villain does the sensible thing and kills the hero as a baby (this can be the world and hero/villain you designed earlier).  Now what?   

6.   Imagine that a fantasy world is suddenly exposed to our normal everyday world, and vice versa.  What crosses over?  How do the inhabitants of each world handle it?   

7.   Take our normal everyday world.  You’re only allowed to change one thing about it.  What do you change?  And how fantastical can you make it become?         

8.   Fantasy consequences!  The first person starts off by writing down an opening line of a fantasy story, and then you pass around and continue it, line by tortuous line…   

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