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  • Chalk The Sun » Home page
    Institutes Our least favourite was a London FE college which shall remain nameless Or shall it How about we call it Left Wanting College Or better Read More Courses Creative writing weekly courses monthly workshops Distance learning Creative Writing Holidays in Italy Manuscript editing Customised courses Community Corporate Creative Writing Courses in Spain Newsletter Email address Please send me Monthly Newsletter Student Information Latest Tweets ChalktheSun January 11 2016 https

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  • Chalk The Sun » It’s all in a name….
    in the air muttering Book thing With names Big pen thing For writing on the big square white thing Indeed teachers and teaching seem to be totally unvalued by anyone except the poor fee paying punters College Left Wanting is only interested when an inspector looms and it is necessary to parade before him a teacher who can string two grammatically correct sentences together and whose students don t doze off in class The rest of the time quality teaching is just an empty slogan and we oppressed academics are on the bottom of an hierarchical heap there to serve the whims of the car park men porters print room admin team finance clerks IT nerds Marketing Quality HR Compliance Unit and above all the Principal Our Great Leaderene Woe betide us if we can t remember the punch code for the classroom door because we each have three different door codes photo copy codes and log in codes to remember at three different sites No one will let us in You interview a Portuguese teacher when you should be on annual leave because otherwise there ll be no tutor next term and you ll have to deal with a dozen disaffected students whinging and asking Por que or not as the case may be You point this out to your boss who seems oblivious to your personal sacrifice Not taking your full annual leave entitlement could be detrimental to your well being and thereby constitute a breach of Health and Safety policy she reminds you sternly You mutter A simple thank you would suffice Forgotten your ID pass Got fifteen students waiting Been working here for twenty years Tough Go home and get it this is zero tolerance And never mind that the Kosovan security guy enforcing this is

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  • Chalk The Sun » It’s all in a name….
    in the air muttering Book thing With names Big pen thing For writing on the big square white thing Indeed teachers and teaching seem to be totally unvalued by anyone except the poor fee paying punters College Left Wanting is only interested when an inspector looms and it is necessary to parade before him a teacher who can string two grammatically correct sentences together and whose students don t doze off in class The rest of the time quality teaching is just an empty slogan and we oppressed academics are on the bottom of an hierarchical heap there to serve the whims of the car park men porters print room admin team finance clerks IT nerds Marketing Quality HR Compliance Unit and above all the Principal Our Great Leaderene Woe betide us if we can t remember the punch code for the classroom door because we each have three different door codes photo copy codes and log in codes to remember at three different sites No one will let us in You interview a Portuguese teacher when you should be on annual leave because otherwise there ll be no tutor next term and you ll have to deal with a dozen disaffected students whinging and asking Por que or not as the case may be You point this out to your boss who seems oblivious to your personal sacrifice Not taking your full annual leave entitlement could be detrimental to your well being and thereby constitute a breach of Health and Safety policy she reminds you sternly You mutter A simple thank you would suffice Forgotten your ID pass Got fifteen students waiting Been working here for twenty years Tough Go home and get it this is zero tolerance And never mind that the Kosovan security guy enforcing this is

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  • Chalk The Sun » It’s all in a name….
    in the air muttering Book thing With names Big pen thing For writing on the big square white thing Indeed teachers and teaching seem to be totally unvalued by anyone except the poor fee paying punters College Left Wanting is only interested when an inspector looms and it is necessary to parade before him a teacher who can string two grammatically correct sentences together and whose students don t doze off in class The rest of the time quality teaching is just an empty slogan and we oppressed academics are on the bottom of an hierarchical heap there to serve the whims of the car park men porters print room admin team finance clerks IT nerds Marketing Quality HR Compliance Unit and above all the Principal Our Great Leaderene Woe betide us if we can t remember the punch code for the classroom door because we each have three different door codes photo copy codes and log in codes to remember at three different sites No one will let us in You interview a Portuguese teacher when you should be on annual leave because otherwise there ll be no tutor next term and you ll have to deal with a dozen disaffected students whinging and asking Por que or not as the case may be You point this out to your boss who seems oblivious to your personal sacrifice Not taking your full annual leave entitlement could be detrimental to your well being and thereby constitute a breach of Health and Safety policy she reminds you sternly You mutter A simple thank you would suffice Forgotten your ID pass Got fifteen students waiting Been working here for twenty years Tough Go home and get it this is zero tolerance And never mind that the Kosovan security guy enforcing this is

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  • Chalk The Sun » It’s all in a name….
    in the air muttering Book thing With names Big pen thing For writing on the big square white thing Indeed teachers and teaching seem to be totally unvalued by anyone except the poor fee paying punters College Left Wanting is only interested when an inspector looms and it is necessary to parade before him a teacher who can string two grammatically correct sentences together and whose students don t doze off in class The rest of the time quality teaching is just an empty slogan and we oppressed academics are on the bottom of an hierarchical heap there to serve the whims of the car park men porters print room admin team finance clerks IT nerds Marketing Quality HR Compliance Unit and above all the Principal Our Great Leaderene Woe betide us if we can t remember the punch code for the classroom door because we each have three different door codes photo copy codes and log in codes to remember at three different sites No one will let us in You interview a Portuguese teacher when you should be on annual leave because otherwise there ll be no tutor next term and you ll have to deal with a dozen disaffected students whinging and asking Por que or not as the case may be You point this out to your boss who seems oblivious to your personal sacrifice Not taking your full annual leave entitlement could be detrimental to your well being and thereby constitute a breach of Health and Safety policy she reminds you sternly You mutter A simple thank you would suffice Forgotten your ID pass Got fifteen students waiting Been working here for twenty years Tough Go home and get it this is zero tolerance And never mind that the Kosovan security guy enforcing this is

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  • Chalk The Sun » admin
    No Comments Writers from Hilary Mantel to Frances Leviston competed for the 15 000 tenth National Short Story Award culminating in a Front Row presentation live from Broadcasting House this week As guest writers William Boyd and Ian Rankin pointed out the short story form is perfect for exploring a pivotal moment an unusual encounter or an elusive Read More Ten Top Tips for Writing Children s Fiction Posted on Sep 9 2015 in blog No Comments Vastly experienced Children s publisher editor and writer Simona Sideri offers her advice on creating books for children Know your market Children s reading abilities may vary greatly but publishers and other professionals in the industry need a consensus of categories to operate within so it s very important to understand the constraints and formats for your age Read More Did the Earth Move when you read Hemingway Posted on Aug 3 2015 in blog No Comments Despite allegedly studying American Literature sometime during the last millennium at Bristol I realised on my recent teaching trip to Andalusia that I had barely read any Hemingway I was prejudiced against his big beard boozy bullfighting deep sea fishing lion hunting much married macho man image and as the decades rolled by I thought I had read his novels I d certainly seen the movies Typically I Read More What s the point of writing Posted on May 31 2015 in blog One Comment What s the point of writing said a friend of a friend It was a rhetorical statement rather than a question and one which is not as you can imagine music to the ears of a creative writing tutor I didn t waste my breath it reminded me too much of the late Bill Hicks being asked Read More Older entries

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  • Chalk The Sun » Keep Creative and Carry on: New Year Tips for Writers
    Seltzer do Pilates moment So while I am in the bubby optimist mode here are five tips for creativity in the coming 365 days Consign your fabulous thoughts to a notebook and keep them Make sure they are legible and locatable a clearly marked file on your laptop might work better than half a dozen different notebooks that you can t find when you need them even if they are the pretty Paperchase ones you got for Christmas Go to writing classes where you get proper tuition and robust feedback not Mmn some lovely images Thank you for sharing Chalk the Sun offers some excellent workshops Try to write or edit your work for a set period at least five days a week Keep your momentum Set a goal and stick to it A writing weekend at home or a week s retreat abroad can act as an incentive focus or reward you will also get a lot written Don t talk yourself out of finishing a project by telling yourself it s no good have faith and commit to your concept And to add to your creative headache remember this applies just as much to marketing your finished work finding an agent submitting to publishers Don t give up Happy New Year Ardella Jones Kick start your creativity at a Chalk the Sun monthly Saturday workshop next one 9 January Keep going with our Novelists Survival Group next session 11 January Give yourself a boost with our one off specials with visiting writers like novelist Sheena Joghin on 1 and 6 February Make creative space for yourself on our 7 day retreats in mountainous Southern Spain 4 11 June and on Puglia s Adriatic coast 18 25 September Beat the block with a one to one tutorial 1 Comment

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  • Chalk The Sun » Suffragette: Would you be brave enough to fight?
    to see it but it underplays the cold cynicism of the Cat and Mouse Game The political implications of the Irish detective Steed played with characteristic charisma by Brendan Gleeson bringing his anti Fenian surveillance expertise to the war against the Suffragettes weren t lost however When Steed objects to the brutality of the government s strategy we know it s bad Insinuations of systematic child abuse by Maud Watts employer are embedded in the story When Maud shoves a hot iron on his offending hand applause broke out in Clapham Picture House OK it was me Maud s young husband Ben Whishaw becomes increasingly unsympathetic as he is mocked by other men for not keeping her in line He locks her out of their home refuses her access to their son and finally has the child adopted The scene in which Maud tells the small boy to remember her name while his father and new parents look on is heart breaking yet unsentimental Maud has nothing to lose now and no alternative but to continue fighting for her rights As the credits roll a disturbing list of dates flash up British women over thirty with property get the vote in 1918 British women get rights to their children in 1925 all British women over 21 get the vote in 1928 decades after Australia and New Zealand Women of colour in the British colonies don t receive the vote until much later 1944 for Jamaica 1950 for India 1954 for Ghana France didn t give women the vote until 1944 Italy 1945 and Switzerland 1971 Saudi Arabia still hasn t enfranchised its female citizens It is a solemn reminder that women should never be too lazy or too complacent to vote After the film we buy dinner with our own money un chaperoned in a public house and ask ourselves if we would be brave enough to risk everything to fight for our rights as women are still doing in many parts of the world I thought about my grandmother who was a fourteen year old domestic servant in an upper class household in Cadogan Square in 1913 yet dared to join the Suffrage movement Would I fight now from my relatively privileged position if my rights were threatened if we suddenly found ourselves in a Handmaid s Tale type scenario I like to think I would but I am an inveterate coward one blow from a police baton and I d probably run home and whip up a Nigella recipe Suffragette may bring to life a seemingly remote historical episode and incite a younger generation of women and men to ask themselves this question too It may also stir up a willingness to fund projects about women s history the ideas are already out there Putney Arts Theatre director and friend of Chalk Lesley Strachan has let me read a draft of her brilliant new play Sylvia about the personal and political divisions within the Pankhurst family Let s

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