Saturday, June 22, 2013
Eagle and Child--Best Oxford Pub
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Thanks to Pastor Scott I got my first recommendation for my visit
to Oxford and it's only a short stroll from Rewley House.
The Eagle and Child lays claim to a number of interesting literary connections. J.R.R.
Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and fellow writers met here and dubbed themselves 'The Inklings'. They nicknamed the pub 'The Bird and
Baby'. Just the place for an aspiring novelist.
And check out this
menu! Our spring-summer selections are all about zesty tastes, vibrant colours and delicious textures. Savour starters like
succulent crayfish tails in gazpacho mayonnaise. Then move on to mains including smoked haddock pie
with a creamy cheddar and spinach sauce, or steamed Scottish salmon fillet with garden peas and buttered
baby potatoes. Ginger-beer glazed pork belly, ribeye steak and other gourmet treats make
our salads irresistible. I'm drooling already!
Join me at Oxford this summer
Sat, June 22, 2013 | link
Welcome Friends, Family, and Fellow Authors.
I'm blogging my Oxford experience this summer. Please join in with comments about your
own summer adventures, your favorite writing courses, or whatever comes to mind.
I am delighted to be taking a week-long residential course on "Creating Character" at Oxford University's
Summer School for Adults (OUSSA) starting on July 13th. I will be staying at Rewley House with persons from all over the world
enrolled in the wide variety of courses offered by this unique program. I have already submitted two assignments to the course
tutor, Dr. Jonathan Miles. Each student has individual sessions with their tutor to go over these assignments. Every morning
there are two class sessions. The afternoons and evenings are devoted to "homework" and exploring the many sights
and events around Oxford.
I already have made plans to see The Taming
of the Shrew put on by the traveling troupe from the Old Globe Theater--complete with an Elizabethan stage set up outside
the Bodleian Library--touted to be one of the most thrilling settings to see a Shakespearean play. This production features
an all-female cast. I saw the same play this past spring at Ashland--that production was set in the 1950s on the boardwalk.
So two very different interpretations of a classic comedy.
looking forward to finding new ways to further develop character in my newest novel, MOTHER TONGUE. Even with just reading
the assigned materials, I made a decision to alter the background and motivation for my protagonist and am currently revising
the entire novel with that new vision in mind.
A bit about OUSSA
I will be taking a one-week residential course on "Creating
Character" by well-known author Jonathan Miles, July 13-20, 2013, at Rewley House, Oxford
I will be joining people from the UK, Europe and further afield (me!) for enjoyable,
yet serious study with some of the finest tutors in the country. For over 100 years the Oxford University Summer School
for Adults (OUSSA) programme has been making it possible for everyone to take advantage of the Oxford system of expert
tuition in small groups.
This intensely practical course explores character. Through
examples stretching from Chaucer to Becket, you will identify the ingredients that give fictional beings life. When, does
a character take on an archetypal status? When does a character degenerate into a two-dimensional stereotype? Most people
feel comfortable creating characters that they know well. But what about those figures that are more distant from our
everyday experience and yet who seem to demand a place in our stories? And what about the possibility that there may be
no such thing as character? This writing workshop explores different ways of approaching and building rounded, interesting,
recognisable but not cliché-ridden characters.
entrance requirement for a summer school course is enthusiasm for the subject and a commitment to undertake the required
coursework before and during the summer school.