I have attended a couple of creative writing courses at the Arvon Foundation.
I am posting some of the work I did on those courses here. First Love for instance is a very short story that was written in response to an exercise I was asked to do on one of those courses.
I tried to do it in the style of Douglas Adams, mainly because I really like his work, partly because it made the exercise slightly more interesting, but also because no-one on the writing course I was on had ever read him.
The general feeling was that science fiction was somehow not worthy. That is such an old idea. It is funny how some things and some people just don’t change.
On another occasion, a bowl of fruit was passed around the class. In it were all sorts of tropical and home grown fruit – but by the time the bowl got to me, only a couple of apples were left. So I picked one of them. We were asked to write a short piece inspired by the fruit we had chosen. We had 5 minutes. I wrote this – The Apple.