These images are from an NWP writing workshop for teachers at Brunel University last month. Students undertook an exercise which uses small objects as metaphors for writing. The exercise relies on close observation, thoughtful connection and imagination. It invites the writer to explore the characteristics of writing. (cf Writing metaphors - described in 'slightly longer exercises' number 3)
Q. Why is writing a pine cone?
A. ... because it falls from a tree of knowledge, it's patterned, and contains seeds from which new worlds can be grown.
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