Monday, 28 January 2013

Still Learning

Just spent another few weeks observing college life while invigilating for the January exams. I've learnt another few facts about students:

Some don't know the meaning of the phrase “Stop writing.”
Some can't read an analogue clock.
Some think it's o.k. to exit a room and immediately stop to have a conversation despite the fact there are two hundred others trying to get out as well.

Many of them appreciate the efforts we put in to ensure they get the sort of exam conditions in which they can do their very best.
Quite a few are willing to battle through severe weather conditions to get to college.
Most of them work bloody hard.

On writing matters:

In early January I ran a workshop at Nottingham Writers' Club which seemed to go down quite well. The members enjoyed it and produced some wonderful pieces of writing in a very short time.

Marion Clark at Yours magazine has accepted another story for the 2014 Yearbook.

I've been informed that my story due to be published in People's Friend will appear in the 9th February edition.

Looking forward to some brighter weather which lifts the spirit and boosts the creative mind.


  1. Congratulations on the Yours acceptance!

  2. They know exactly what "stop writing" means, Keith. They just don't want to (I've been there!).

    Well done on your successes!

  3. Well done on the Yours & PF stories, Keith. Sounds like you're on a roll!
    My daughter's just finished January A2 modules - so I'm seeing the exams from the other end at the moment.

  4. Thanks, Patsy.

    You're right of course, Frances. Thanks.

    Thanks, Sally. I hope she does well.

  5. Well done Keith. You are doing so well with the magazine stories. I can't wait to read them.

  6. Congratulations on the upcoming publications!

    Ah, students who can't read an analogue clock... or read or write in cursive... or do anything even hinting at advanced math without a calculator. Just a tad scary, isn't it? (Then again, they can do more things with today's technological gadgets than I even dream of doing.)

  7. Thanks, Susan. Different world isn't it?

  8. Fantastic news about your stories Keith. Congratulations!
    Just the mention of exams can still give me palpitations! I was always told I was a good student but hadn't developed an exam technique!!! Good course work but poor exam results. Don't know how I passed 8 O' levels!

  9. Thanks, Angela. Exams aren't always the best way of assessing a student's ability.

  10. Wow! Sounds like you're on fire! Well done on your successes, great news about the stories, and your succesful workshop.

    Keep it going... ;-)