Creative Writing Week Three: Theory and Innovation – Lyotard and the Oulipo

I am a simple person.  I don’t like umbrellas in my drinks.  My wardrobe contains almost no frills, fringes, frippery or fun.  I am function and classic lines all the way.  I have a few costume bracelets and earrings, and wear no other adornment.   My lipstick is almost the same colour as my lips and my bedroom ceiling is the same colour as all four of my bedroom walls.    I almost never ‘get’ the hype of anything.  I am not an -ist or interested in any -ism of any kind, and I have never seen the point of movements … Continue reading Creative Writing Week Three: Theory and Innovation – Lyotard and the Oulipo

Creative Writing Week Three: Life Writing and Practice Class Exercise: A Memoir

Our life writing class this week looked at memoir versus fiction – yes James Frey came up!  We were given first page extracts and had to decide if we thought they were fiction, memoir or creative non-fiction.  Interestingly my initial litmus test was not to scrutinise style or level of detail although that did follow, but to ask myself am I bored?  If the answer was yes then it was a memoir!  I think I can confidently wave good-bye to any future as a literary expert/agent. We were then asked to do some life writing, a memoir and I shall … Continue reading Creative Writing Week Three: Life Writing and Practice Class Exercise: A Memoir