As some of you may know, as well as holding private creative writing workshops, I also tutor creative writing for the local council. Tutoring adults can be rewarding (discovering wonderful writers), chaotic (my lesson plans are rarely followed – someone will inevitably take things off at a tangent) hilarious (the undiscovered comedian/ the completely unaware comedian) and thought-provoking (especially with memoir writing) Every now and then I like to share some of their work.
Here is a piece written by one of my students after I set them an exercise which ended with the last line, “And this is the room where it happened.”
This is a poem by Alex Abercrombie.
You’re shaken awake from a jittery nap and
The mantelpiece clock shows a quarter to two.
The dog on the mat and the cat on your lap and
The owls in the attic are wakeful too.
There’s a rattle of chains and a loud ringing rap and
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