Spotlight on SYSWC Member - Charlynne

Tell us a bit about you

Hi there, I am Charlynne a Caribbean girl living in East London. I am originally from Dominica, an island in the West Indies (Not Dominican Republic). I have been in London for about 13 years and I am a poet, author, creative force and primary school teacher. I also am an avid baker who decorates cakes on the side. Looking at this list, I think is there anything else? haha. I Love to travel and have visited mainly European countries, but as London is so multicultural, I have experienced a multitude of cultures here in my own corner of East London. I would love to go to Bali, China, New Orleans etc. etc.

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Home Is...Poetry Workshop

Home Is…

Earlier this month I participated in a poetry workshop focused on the themes of home, belonging and identity at King’s College London. There was a big group of us and we discussed different feelings and definitions we had of Home, to what extent we felt British, and how important it is belong.

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Online Creative Boost

OCB - What’s it all about?

Over time I have discovered that reading, writing and positive thinking help you share your story with confidence. So I set up SYSWC - to build and support those good habits. And the OCB, or Online Creative Boost, is an extension of that.

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Getting The Most Out Of The SYSWC Community

So you have something to say but you don’t know how to express it.

You would like to share your story but you don’t know where to start.

Joining a community of people in the same situation is a good first step. Share Your Story With Confidence Facebook group is currently made up of my friends and even some family members, who are full of creativity but are still finding their feet in terms of sharing their stories.

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How To Harness SYSWC To Improve Your Writing Skills

General Participation

So maybe you are new to the group, or you have been in the group for ages but are just lurking in the back, or you are just thinking about joining this FB group. But you are shy, and you keep to yourself, and think what you have to say and, more importantly, what you have to write, is not important.

And I think that we are all like that at the beginning. We are new and we are timid and we don’t want to be the centre of attention. But how to build up that inner strength? I would like to suggest some easy steps to help you get used to the SYSWC FB group and to build your confidence.

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Spotlight on SYSWC Member - Alba

Tell us a bit about you

I am Alba Jover and I am a Spanish nurse living in the United Kingdom. I am currently working in Watford, but apart from being a little freak of nursing, I enjoy so much everything related to human expression. I am concretely more into abstract art but I enjoy everything that makes me feel something.

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Inside an Instapoetry workshop

It was my pleasure to lead a poetry workshop on Sunday 3rd March at Newham Poetry House as part of the Newham Word Festival.

We looked at the what, who and how of Instatpoetry - more clearly: what Instapoetry is, who some of the Instapoets are and how to become an Instapoet yourself.

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The Rise of InstaPoetry and What's In It For You

The Rise of Instapoetry

When I think of InstaPoetry I think of it as the cross-section of technology and creative expression. We have found, over time, that technology has made our (I mean anyone younger than me!) attention span shorter, which leads us wanting smaller, shorter, more direct pieces of information. I see instapoets as simply a product of their of their environment, doing what comes naturally, connecting directly to their audience, in the only way they know how, hence their popularity. 

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Overcoming Loneliness in Writing

A Lonely Story

We all have a job. Maybe we have two or more. And we all like to write. It doesn’t seem like these two should be in conflict - but often they are. With maximum time given to working to pay the bills, and minimum time given to being creative and expressing ourselves in a truly satisfying way. 

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Short Story – Again

It’s just you and me now.

I boomerang the words towards the bright blue sky, and they fall back down like a golden shower onto baby’s crown. We have been together, on and off, for 2 years. And the intense devotion I feel for her is reciprocated through gurgles and giggles and trusting eye winks.

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