Sherry Ashworth and play-write Diane Samuels both
chose this painting to work with Year 8 pupils from
Cumberland School, St. George's RC School and Pimlico
After discussing the painting in detail, Sherry
Ashworth asked the pupils to choose a particular
character that really interested them in the painting,
and to write from their point of view. She asked
the pupils to write three short paragraphs, one
exploring what their character was experiencing,
using the five senses, the second looking into the
character’s thoughts, and the final paragraph
telling the reader what happened next.
Diane Samuels approached the session in a different
way, asking the pupils to 'free write'. Here, she
defines what this means:
"When I start
work on any play, book, article or story I always
spend time FREE WRITING to discover the perspective,
characters, relationships, events and "find"
the way into the heart of the work.
The approach is simple:
*choose an ANCHOR PHRASE, a few words to guide the
writing, and start with those.
*remember the aim to KEEP WRITING WITHOUT STOPPING,
using the anchor phrase to keep writing no matter
what whenever stuck.
*permission to WRITE NONSENSE.
*make no corrections and no crossing out.
*spelling and punctuation rules do not apply.
*no need to think. Let the pen lead and the brain
On and on and on and the writing stutters, splutters,
flows, flies, lands, falls, leaps, flows...and on
and on and on.