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I find this phrase from a student essay is pure poetry:

the seemingly number of endless roundabouts.

Doesn't that perfectly convey the feeling of befuddled alienation you get when driving round Milton Keynes?

Lots of them are writing about Milton Keynes because it's one of the examples of places that might be considered sacred. Yes, really. It has ley lines, and streets aligned on solstice sunrise/sunset. Really. (It's in the course materials, admitedly without the bits about Satan and Heathrow airport, but I thought you'd like to have those too.)

It's a pity the assignment is Religious Studies and not Creative Writing because I'd love to be able to reward him for that.
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Still getting settled back after a great time at Sidmouth. Will post more about that later, but just want to gloat now because my Creative Writing result came through and I got... distinction!

It's a surprise because my coursework mark wasn't really high enough, but they must have bumped me up after the ECA. Yay!

It's a pity I always said I didn't think it was possible for creative writing markers to set a consistent and meaningful boundary between good passes and distinctions. I still don't, but I'll keep quieter about it from now on.


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I've just submitted the last assignment for my creative writing course.  Fantasy this time (my choice), with the twist that you have to research the market and make believe you're sending it off to a magazine.   

The Road to Hell is Paved with Outsourcing and Accountancy )

Comments welcome--either on the story or on the market research.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] tamaranth for beta reading, and apologies for late-night quick'n'dirty conversion from Word, which has eaten the indents, bolds and italics.
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By way of a break from writing up my final TMA for the Unreal University's creative writing course, here's one I wrote earlier, the 'life writing' assignment.
Lessons learned:
1. Life writing is not biography. Anything that looks even a bit like an essay will get a fail. (A pity, because I can turn out essays in my sleep.) What's wanted is lots of vivid, present tense, wow!, in-teh-moment stuff.
2. Monkey does not like life writing.
3. But at least you don't have to write about yourself.

This one is too much like fiction. But I've been let off with a warning as long as I don't do it again. I could object that it's based on real historical research, and all the incidents actually happened. But then someone might notice that there's no hard evidence that my narrator actually existed.

Read the story... )

Like the rest so far, this scored within 2% of the 80% mark. So someone is being consistent, but I'm not sure if it's me or my tutor.
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Being stuck in bed feeling ill and not doing very well at drafting my next creative writing assignment, I thought I'd procrastinate catch up with posting the previous one. It's two poems--one about Zil--and a commentary.

Under a cut because I'm embarrassed to have perpetrated poetry... )

It got 81% (my best mark yet--the Fulk story got 78). I'm determined not to be too bothered about the marks either way, because I'm aware how little they really mean. (But I do need to pass so the Unreal University will pay my course fee.)

short story

Jan. 3rd, 2010 05:33 pm
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I've just completed and sent off my short story assignment for the creative writing course. Thought I'd post it here for my own reference and anyone else who's interested. Not sure yet if I'll be revealing the mark when I get it. (Got a 2.1 for the preliminary assignment.) 

Feedback, comments, chat--it's all welcome.  (You may find one of the characters seems familiar...)
A big thank you to the multi-talented [livejournal.com profile] tamaranth who can beta read and monkeysit at the same time.

Assignment instructions under this cut.. )

story under this one... )


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Why am I reluctant to take creative writing advice from someone who signs off emails to her students with the words, 'Happy Solstice, dear friends!'?

Clue: I do not have a problem with celebrating the winter solstice. (Especially at this time of year.)

Why yes, I am supposed to be marking assignments now. What makes you ask?

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