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Am I mad?

I’m now fully booked for the Open University A363 Advanced Creative Writing to start on October 4th. I’m a bit nervous and very excited at the same time. We have finished the A215 Creative Writing and are waiting for the final result to come through on that. I’m told we will have to wait until August.

In my fit of excitement I did a silly thing, I booked myself on to the AA100 Arts Past and Present to start in February 2013. I say silly because I’m still not 100% sure I want to take my degree to the limits. I want to write and have gone off the idea of more study. Hopefully I will decide to stick with it and not cancel the AA100 in the end.

We’ll see.


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A Poem by Me.

This is one of the poems I originally intended to submit for my OU EMA, then changed my mind and went for the fiction option instead. I also think this poem is more for children, we were told not to write for children so here it is. Hope you like it.

The Haunting.

What can I hear in my darkened room

Whispers and giggles and bumps

Who is it playing in the attic gloom

Goblins or elves or a ghost?

I lie in my bed with the blankets pulled up

Listening to the thumps

I think it’s a burglar or a monster or rats

or next door playing ‘trumps’.

A creak and a groan and a bang on the wall

and a screech from an owl outside

The wind whistles in down the chimney it comes

I’m scared and I want to hide.

The door handle moves and turns to the right

and the doors opens with a creak

I see the eyes and the brilliant white teeth

I think I’m going to freak

I jump out of bed and flick on the light

And there stands the kids in their jimmers

‘We heard a noise and now we’re afraid’

‘Oh don’t be silly it’s only the timbers!’

All Text Copyright © 2012 Annie Green ( Trudy Chappell) All Rights Reserved


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TMA 3 Poetry

The results of TMA 3 Poetry came back at midnight last night and I am happy to say I managed to get 73% for it. It amazed me that my mark was that good because I thought I’d written complete rubbish for poems.

Here is one of the two poems, (I also wrote a limerick which I will post later) Hope you like it.

Hocus Pocus


Witches hats and flapping bats,

broomsticks and brew.

Hocus Pocus magic words,

and rat tails, just a few.


The book of spells, The Grimoire, tells

I need a hair of hubby too.

I’ve filled a cauldron with your bits,

and tongue of newt for you.


Black magic sells the evil spells

for love no longer true.

So I’ve got some wax and poison flax

to make an effigy of you.


Witches hats and flapping bats,

broomsticks and brew.

Hocus Pocus magic words.

I’ve got my needle stuck in you.

All Text Copyright © 2012 Annie Green ( Trudy Chappell) All Rights Reserved




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Brand new Anthology from Cafe Three Zero

Do really do not want to miss this…

A group of Open University Students, who just happen to be very good friends of mine, have finished their first anthology of short stories.

We met in the A174 Start Writing Fiction course and hit ot off straight away. They are a smashing bunch of people who’s creativity is, to me, beyond bounds. They are funny, serious, jolly, happy, sometimes sad but best of all they know their stuff when it comes to writing stories.

The name ‘Cafe Three Zero‘ was chosen as their group name because there are thirty of them. Duh! And they all met in the Open Uni student CAFE!  That might have been a bit obvious! They enjoy writing and their marks from the A174 course are a reflection of how amazing this group of writers are.

Their ebook, ‘Tales from The Cafe’ is an absolute must read and can be downloaded from either or Smashwords for a measly £1.14 or approximatly $1.90 respectively.

Visit and look for ‘Tales from the Cafe’.

Well done guys and good luck to all of you.



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A215 The Beginning and an Alien

It’s October 1st and the beginning of the Open University A215 Creative Writing Course. I’m excited and nervous at the same time. Excited because I can now stop panicking, it’s too late for panicking. Nervous because I have met a few of my fellow students via Facebook and they are already proving what a talented bunch they are. I don’t think my writing comes any where near some of the stuff these students already produce, but I’m staying with it and hope that I can pick up a few tips from them along the way.

I’ve been to the tutor group forum, which opened this morning too, to say hello and met two or three students that I’ll be sharing my tutor with. They don’t sound in the least bit nervous, so I guess it’s just me. What makes me more nervous is that my tutor is an alien from the Alpha Centauri Solar System – don’t ask!! – and being taught by an alien is just a tiny bit scary. I’m not sure why he has a human name but I guess he will tell us in due course. Click here for proof the he really is an alien.

I have already started on the Big Red Book – Creative Writing A Workbook With Readings – and have done the first two chapters. Next, chapter three, is Writing What you Know. It looks interesting but I can’t help thinking that I don’t know much to write about. I’m hoping that the chapter will show me how to pull some memories from the deep dark recesses of my mind, or at least, teach me self hypnosis.

I’ll let you know how the course goes, and as always you can follow my progress if you want to. For now I’m off to try to get to grips with the BRB.(Big Red Book).

Speak soon.


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A215 Creative Writing Tutor Allocation

I now have my tutor details and the course web site opens next week. It’s caused a buzz in the FB group, as it always does, as some students haven’t heard anything about their tutors yet. Hopefully everyone will have been allocated a tutor by the end of the weekend, if not there could be ructions.

One thing that puzzles most of us is the way the OU has designated tutors to students, or is it students to tutors? Either way it seems very random. One student lives in Ireland and her tutor is in Germany!! Another student who lives in the Chippenham Wilts has a tutor living in Ireland! And my tutor lives in Chippenham, I’m in Cheltenham! Does any of that make any sense??

I think I’ve worked out how the allocations are done though, and this is obviously how it works. The OU puts all the tutor names in a big hat and pulls one out at a time, then they put the student names in another hat and pull out 25 student names for every tutor name. So it is completely random. 🙂

I’ve started on the BRB (Big Red Book) doing Freewrites and Clustering. I’m not sure I’m doing it right but its enjoyable. The idea of clustering, I think, is to pick a word or phrase and write it in the middle of a sheet of paper and circle it. Then just let your mind bring other words up which you then write down, circle and connect to the original word with a little line. Keeping going like that until you decide to stop. Next you look at your cluster and decide which words you would like to freewrite about. A freewrite is a quick burst of writing about anything you like, in this case it would be about which ever word you’ve pick from your cluster. You write for five or ten minutes then go pick another word from your cluster and freewrite that. At least I think that’s how it works and that’s how I’ve been doing it. Probably wrong!

Now the course is beginning to feel very real and very scary. I wondered if I had bitten off more than I can chew, AGAIN! Time will tell, and if I can’t cope then I don’t think I’ll be doing any more courses, so fingers crossed for me.

Good luck to all my fellow students on the A215. Enjoy and have fun, ‘cos I know I’m going to whether I can manage the course or not.


Posted by on September 17, 2011 in A215 Creative Writing, Gibberish, Open Uni


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Creative Writing A215 Region 3 SouthWest

Hi everyone. I’ve developed a FaceBook group for all/any A215 Creative Writing Students from region 3 (SouthWest) to get together and help each other out. Please feel free to join at the link below.

Region 3 South West A215 Creative Writing


Posted by on September 16, 2011 in A215 Creative Writing, Open Uni


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