This session will take a look at how writers have presented the workplace and at how we refer to the workplace in our own writing. There are accents and dialects all over the country that are inextricably linked with their local industries. Market vendors and dockworkers are good examples of workers who see their work shape their language. We will look at gender issues in the work place and the inequalities and iniquities that occur. We will look at working conditions, pay scales and stare up to glass ceilings. We will discuss the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touch in the workplace and in any workplace we will find the usual five bums in the staff room, wanting to know the Who, What, When, Where and Why of everything. This follows our workshops this year on house, home, family, garden and town, so we are building up a reference between literature & real life, and developing our own style of addressing that relationship.

Item one: group discussion about previous jobs. Create list – create job specific vocabularies: what words are used in what jobs.
Exercise 1: write 100 words entitled A Job To Be Done – use appropriate job-specific language.

Item two: think about one of your work places – write down the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touch of the place. Write down the who, what, when, where and why of the place.
Exercise two: write 100 words entitled Colleagues – discuss with group what books tell us about workplaces

Item three: write down your dream job
Exercise 3: write 100 words entitled “I Live To Work” or “I Work To Live”

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