The Writing Notebook: Family will help you unravel and bring to life any family drama. Here you’ll find the inspiration to explore your own ancestry, write a vast family saga spanning generations, or tell the story of a wildly (or mildly) dysfunctional family.
For first-time writers or experienced authors, The Writing Notebook will take you to surprising places, spark your imagination, and be your guide to writing your next book.
The only way to write a book is to write it. That's what The Writing Notebook is for. As a guide and workspace, the Writing Notebook offers you writing prompts and activities, suggestions for structuring your book, and enough blank pages in which to start writing it. With description workouts, list-making exercises, a reading list, and ideas for cover design, you’ll never be at a loss for inspiration wherever you are.
The Writing Notebook: Family will prompt you to explore some of the following themes in your book:
Family myths and legends
Family ties and neighbours
Family albums and family trees
Outsiders and secrets in the family
A family over time
Places and spaces
Holidays and special occasions
How the family gets around
Reasons for telling your story
Ways to end your story
The Writing Notebooks are created by Shaun Levin. He is the author of several books, including Seven Sweet Things, A Year of Two Summers and Snapshots of The Boy, and his stories have been anthologised alongside writers such as Ali Smith and Nadine Gordimer. He has taught creative writing for over twenty years.