I Did That Creative Writing Course

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 30 People

    A Fable For A 10 Year Old (supposedly)

    How the Magpie came to beIn the once placid and serene sky overhanging the fieldIs a feathery melee, as two birds wheelUp into the air, and then down to the furrowsWhere a feast of leatherjackets, earwigs, and worms, grow. Sods churned and ploughed over by a tractor,Which is...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan
    Feb 28, 2012

    I Took One In London

    I was not very impressed with the course. The seminar leaders and lecturers treated the students like kindergarten kids. We were never given constructive criticism and were not allowed to give it to each other either. How can anyone improve their writing without knowing their...
    deleted deleted
    Mar 25, 2009

    My Dysfunctional Family

    I don't know where to start but I will try. Since the death of my father which was three years ago,while he was on his death bed his new wife had told me that he told her years ago that my mother had a baby boy and had put him up for adoption. Since finding this out I have been...
    cycle cycle
    51-55, F
    1 Response Apr 15, 2009


    l have taken several in the past but l am not sure that it helped me.  I am still, at best, very elementary.
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm
    46-50, F
    3 Responses Feb 1, 2009

    Two Times.

    I took the course twice in high school.  Two totally different teachers each time.  The first time was a bit less enjoyable than the first.  The teacher only gave us a poetry unit, we stayed on short stories for such a short time, and I hate writing poetry...
    urbrandofheroin urbrandofheroin
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Apr 23, 2009

    The Flip Side

    My life had briefly flashed before my eyes and I had been bored.  Now I was hanging upside down in my overturned car.  I’d hit a kerb at high speed and in a second of out of control hopelessness I’d flipped my car off road and down a bank.  A host of chattering ghosts...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan
    May 16, 2012

    I Dropped That Cw Course

    because i stopped going to class. oops! 
    NaomiZero NaomiZero
    26-30, F
    Apr 21, 2009

    The Woman In The Photograph (exercise)

    Spite Christine looked at herself in the mirror, as she found herself doing every night. Vaguely looking for new creases, checking the brightness of her eyes, and noting the toll of white hairs.  Worry.  Fear.  When faced with the enormousness of her doomed future she often...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan
    Oct 17, 2012


    I’m thinking in platitudes trying to avoid the gold thread of life and deathHidden in the tangles and brambles of messy indiscretions.I’m recalibrating my attitude, saying ‘It’s futile to worry’, and ‘It’ll all work out for the best’,And who cares about all the...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan
    May 1, 2012

    Crossed Lines

    I was ushered into the security office at the train station and offered a seat at a cheap pine office desk, opposite an attractive woman who looked as awkward as I did. She glanced at me but with no emotion.  Maybe she was with them. Me, her and two railway officials, preparing...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan
    Nov 27, 2012

    Naff Bits

    Easier said than done(describe the Daedalus myth from a different perspective) Icarus told himself, with a smile, that his Father was an old fusspot, and kicked into the thermals rising off the warm Aegean, startling the birds, and bedazzled by the dancing light on the waves far...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan
    Nov 6, 2012


    #1 Sweet weekend goodbyes. Dreamily stepping out at midnight, my car has rested, sleepy olive green, cool in the orbs of orange-lit pools and puddles. Crumpled panels, buckled, gouged, red slashes slice from tyre to tyre, gashed, rusting. I stand with my bags and my...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan
    Oct 12, 2011


    Watching women sleep I love to watch her when she’s sleeping. Asleep she has no pretence.  There’s no guard up, or social fear.  She’s not putting on an act, or pretending, she’s just her, asleep.  When she loses some of the animation in her features she looks so...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan
    Dec 23, 2011

    10 Minutes To Write A Poem About Something Real That Happened

    Whiter than bandages In the fluorescent dawn Of Accident and Emergency. Tears from her panda-bruised eyes Scared the pain might last Forever Abscess stenched Clinging. The automatic doors Swish Fill our lungs with diesel fumes, tobacco smoke, Revving and a cacophony of shift...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan
    Nov 25, 2012


    #4 My lungs heave out a cloud of shivery breath; it hangs briefly in the air then clouds my glasses.  I mutter a gentle curse but the chill harpoons a caried tooth.  I slam my jaw shut and take the beating for a few seconds, then snort some air in through my shuddering nostrils...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan
    Jan 31, 2012

    Home Furnishing (exercise)

    Tiptoeing into their lugubrious lounge.A sofa with a fitted cover, printed with a huge picture of a splayed cow carcass, opened, ribs, internal organs, meat, skin, chopped at the head.The flayed head is a foot stool.‘Blimey’, I remarked, squeamishly.‘Yes, it makes you think...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan
    Oct 31, 2012

    Write About This Random object You’ve Been Given

    Piano KeyI’m quite heavy, quite a stately key;Solid, well-balanced, but not antique. Some keys open doors to mysteriesOr troves of treasureOr loosen the chains binding heroesOr undo boxes full of pleasure But nothing is more essential,Nothing more glorious,Nothing promises...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan
    Dec 5, 2012

    Write A Poem About A Painting - St George and the Dragon

    “Well, Mr George, excuse me if I swoon or vomit, But they should give you a flag with a spurt of blood on it. I don’t doubt that among vets you have no rival But I asked you to lance his boil, not his eyeball. Getting blood on my new carpet slippers! Would you have cut off...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan
    Dec 1, 2012


    Was contemplating submitting a few poems to a local competition –(four poems for £10.  Which one of my Creative Writing examples should I enter?  Which would win?  I read last year’s winner... well constructed, beautifully written, saccharine)- hustle the cash and the...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan
    May 13, 2012

    6&7 - More 5 Minute Sketches

     A moment painted on a Chinese plateLove locked out.I pine, lost and hypnotized by the passing stream.  My tears drop off my nose into the water.  Time trickles past.  The minnows that briefly hover, mid-flow in pairs, drift away, darting apart.Apple blossom settles on the...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan
    Feb 21, 2012

    The Final Curtain

    There, I’ve done that Creative Writing Course. I began when it started, and finished when it ended (due to falling attendance).   I liked it.  The writing I’ve done has been sometimes trite, sometimes difficult, and occasionally good.  I liked the idea of being given...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan
    Dec 7, 2012
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