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Selected course participants' writing | Cathy's blog

 

Showcase stories are drawn from course participants' assignments and work. These pieces are featured with the authors' permission but may not be used elsewhere.​

 

Beyond the pause

9 June 2020 Many fellow writers are struggling with a paralysis similar to my own. Inspiration has vanished; discipline is non-existent;...

Playing Poohsticks

By Cathy Eden Among the great children’s writers who introduced me to fiction and made me fall in love with reading are Edith Nesbit,...

A most mysterious thing

Strange things sometimes happen at the writers’ groups. Here’s one of them ... A basket has magically appeared in my living room. Please,...

Writers' groups: a weekly update

The writers who meet in my home each month are a constant source of inspiration and delight. There are novelists and columnists, a poet...

Becoming a writer

By Carol Poolton Stepping across the threshold of the homely Victorian cottage, we are enveloped by an atmosphere of peace and...

Kindness

John O’Donohue, who writes with such wisdom about the human condition, says: “There is a kindness that dwells deep down in things; it...

Snapshots of a life

My first magazine article, published 30 years ago, has a picture of me, the wannabe writer. There I stand: a young, suburban mother of...

Pushing my buttons

An email arrived the other day, offering me access to three short presentations by a well-known teacher. Sign up and enjoy this FREE...

Learning to Speak

By Calene Kruger When I had my first child I yearned for her to speak. “Say mama,” I’d prompt. “Say dada if you have to, but speak!” Then...

The coffee shop

By Marc Rogatschnig It is a gathering place of sorts. People striding in, queuing, scanning the tables for familiar faces, reaching for...

The cat-friendly dog

By Carol Dreyer I opened my eyes; it was Sunday – bliss! A mug of tea and a croissant in bed is the perfect slow start to the day, but...

Morning

By Charles Sloan 5.45: Walking the dogs. Dew on the grass makes it glitter. Mist drifts slowly up the side of the hill across the...

The Rock Generation

By Cathy Eden At 8.30 on this perfect morning, low tide offers a shining expanse of sand as a mirror to the mountain. There’s no sign of...

Suitcase

By Andrew Turner Granny Mary and Grandpa John were our own glam slam edge of the family. Grandpa Charles, Granny Mary’s first husband,...

Where does the time go?

By Cathy Eden Every year I go to great lengths to plan a daily programme; one that includes household chores, meditation, exercise, time...