October 2017: What’s in a title?

What’s in a title? More than we realised.
Here’s a fun creative writing exercise to try.

Hunter Story Creators

pile of books Image by Julie Jordan Scott at https://www.flickr.com/photos/juliejordanscott/4248190717/ 

Tonight we did a writing exercise inspired by titles.

We looked at the list of Manbooker Prize winning stories and their titles. Each person chose the title that appealed to them the most and wrote for 5 minutes, inspired by that title.

Here’s what we found.

Maree wrote a piece for Howard Jacobson’s The Finkler Question because she was curious about the concept between looking for answers versus asking more questions. She also wanted to play with the link between ‘think’ and ‘Fink’.

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood was Di’s choice. She was drawn to the incongruity of the title, as she wondered who would hire a blind assassin. Therefore it set her up for a challenge that the story needed to solve (and ended up being that the assassin wasn’t literally blind).

Anna chose Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes because…

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