Being stuck at home for weeks on end can be boring – but it doesn’t have to be.
Take a look out of the window. Zoom in on a detail then take a step back. Now start writing!
In the first of our online creative writing workshops for 13-18 year olds, author Beverley Ward will be exploring lockdown perspectives. We hope to show you that inspiration for writing can be found all around you, and provide pointers on how to describe what you’re seeing, thinking and feeling through words. You’ll be given individual feedback to that writing (if you want it), and in the second we’ll be running through how to edit your work.
To help fuel that creative spark, here’s some inspiration – books, films and poems and even a playlist – connected to the theme of windows. Why not make your own playlist and write along to it? Or use the titles or lyrics to write from.
If you want to join us for the workshops Monday 4th and Friday 8th May – find out more here.
Long reads (don’t worry – you don’t have time to read these, but you might like to in the future)
A Room with a View – E M Forster
Room – Emma Donoghue
The High Window – Raymond Chandler
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela
Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank
A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
Voyage in the Dark – Jean Rhys
Waiting for the Barbarians – JM Coetzee
Rear Window by Cornell Woolrich
I could see the smallest things by Raymond Carver
Mysterious Kor by Elizabeth Bowen
The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson
The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin
The Lamplighter by Robert Louis Stevenson
Silver by Water de la Mere
There are lots more window poems here:
Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom
Flowers in the Window
Only you (Looking from the window above)
Wuthering Heights (Let me in at your window)
I can’t stand the rain (against my windowpane)
Look through any window
Tap at my window
World outside your window
She came in through the bathroom window
Tom’s Diner (looking through the café window)
Have you got anything to add to this list? Please email us edito[email protected], we’d love to hear from you.