Teaching Creative Writing

This week I taught a two day workshop for students aged nine years old who ranged from pre-intermediate to post-intermediate in ability. Although I often teach different writing styles to my regular classes, this was the first intensive course (15 hours) I had taught. I was given some materials by the centre, but I also…

Classroom Curiosities XXIV

This edition features a dictionary challenge gone wrong, some suspect answers and a priceless view on friendship. This week, I ran a Creative Writing Workshop during the holidays. It was fun teaching the students how to show and not tell, avoid boring adjectives and build their characters using dialogue. I’ll share more ideas on teaching…

Classroom Curiosities XXIII

Happy Teachers’ Day to all the teachers out there! This edition brings you an uncomfortable explanation, a journey into Space and the tooth fairy gone AWOL. A family day out My primary classes were writing personal recounts about a family excursion. Most children chose days out at the beach, or a fun trip abroad. One…

Camel Safari, Jaisalmer

While backpacking around India, we visited Jaisalmer on the western edges of Rajasthan. This golden city sits beside the Thar desert, and each February, a colourful desert festival takes place here where locals race camels, award prizes for the longest moustache and participate in turban tying competitions. We signed up for an overnight camel trek…

Batam Spa Day

Yesterday, my friend and I were up at the ungodly hour of 5:30am, heading to Harbourfront ferry terminal to catch a boat across to Sekupang in Batam. Once we were safely across, the spa picked us up and we arrived at the Tempat Senang Spa retreat after ten minutes on the road. We had booked…

Gone Crabbing

I knelt down to scoop up a small crab. It was the same shade of brown as the mud and only visible by its scuttling pointed legs. Tiny holes bubbled and served as escape hatches for the luckier ones. I plopped the crab into my bucket to meet its friends who were nibbling on strips…