of Writing Prompts
Shoe String Publishing
Discover how to recycle all sorts of paper products to produce Albums of Memories. Discover how you can transform things that would be discarded, learn how to renovate, redecorate and create a masterpiece that will be passed down through the family. You will literally learn how to 'publish on a shoe string.'
More than 101 ways to improve your writing
Create the armor that will protect your creativity and make the fragile writer within feel good.
Literacy groups have researched extensively and diagnosed the cause of writing problems in school students. They say that writing problems may result from one or more of the following.
My experience as a teacher of writing has proven, time and again, that writer's who present at workshops, come, lacking in confidence and with a low self esteem. It takes a long time for them to reach the point where they value their unique voice.
The activities that I present here are tried and true. They genuinely promote self esteem. They are not based on theory. I have DONE every exercise and believe in them for they have helped me identify who I am.
I believe that any teacher must have tried techniques before they impose them on another individual. I actually do these exercises with whoever is in my session, be they 8 or 80. I write with my students so that they can share my struggle and appreciate my vulnerability.
It is my aim to eventually provide 101 of the exercises I have used, exercises which I have found validate, affirm and honor the artist who lives within.
It is my hope that this collection, which includes a large number of creative visioning and visualization exercises, will be used by teachers of writing everywhere and that these teachers will actively encourage their students to complete those that resonate for them.
Pop Fiction Project 2005
Track the Popular Fiction Project which is being undertaken at LaTrobe Secondary College and see how students from Year 7 right through to V.C.E. are engaged in a wide range of fabulous projects.
Popular Fiction's Sarah Boland is interviewed at Soul Food. As a part of that interview she has writen a fabulous, fun, short story especially for the Soul Food Community and provides readers with an opportunity to win a Crumpler Bag.
Popular Fiction's Sarah Boland interviews Heather Blakey with the view to tapping the creative force behind Soul Food.
Sit around and have a slice of Pizza at Soul Food's Pizza Banquet with some of the people who call Soul Food and Lemuria home. This is a chance to meet the people who have helped to build and populate this amazing cyber cafe.
I love a sunburnt country...
Celebrate being Australian, learn about Australian History and discover the essence of creativity all at the same time. The Dig Tree, is etched into the Australian pysche as one of the greatest ironic tragedies. Dig and unearth some of the secrets of creativity. The Dig Tree was designed by Greg Blakey, a talented design student, with flair, imagination and the ability to meet the needs of his clients. Greg has created, amongst other things, Soul Food's zany Magic Writing Tram.
Advent Calendar for Artists
Soul Food is proud to launch what has become an annual feature. The December 2004 Advent Calendar, like the December 2003 Calendar is full of projects that have been test run during 2004 in Melbourne schools, and features the work of artists from around the world.
Make sure to let all you friends know that they must visit Soul Food on a daily basis during December in order to experience the joy of opening up a new link on the Calendar.
Send Soul Food Chocolates
If you have an artist, a dreamer, a dancer, a mythologist, an imagineer, a writer amidst your clan, make sure to nourish their creative spirit by sending them a box of Chocolates from the Soul Food Cafe. But be cautioned! These hand filled chocolates are totally addictive and may change lives.
Childhood is a state or phase of imaginative existence, the phase in which the world of imagination is still a brave new world and yet reassuring and intelligible.
The strictly non-fat chocolate from the Soul
Food Chocolate Box is full of projects and material to help us return
to that wondrous kingdom where imagination and creativity rule. The special
fillings focus on celebrating childhood joy, spontaneity and imagination.
Good heavens. I have only just discovered Soul Food Cafe. Thanks to Boynton What a fine site. What an innovative use of the internet to developing the historical becoming of Australian culture. Finding such sites is like following trails through the desert of cyberspace with other weblogs providing a series of maps of the country:
Then perchance, coming across soakages in the sand hill country, or a waterhole along a trail:
Soul Food cafe is one such waterhole. Do take time out to replenish there.
That is what waterholes are for---soul food. Many a time I've wandered
the trails at night looking for a watering hole that pointed the way to
the promised land. Around the waterhole we sit under the night sky and
reflect about the country, express our feelings about what is happening
on this earth, and start telling our stories.