The Concept of Sadness Workshop

Diane took the chair for the last Writing Mums workshop of 2014. She had given out our assignment at our tea party for Book Week – each of us had a greetings card and instructions to write a short story or poem inspired by the words and pictures on the card. Mine said “If you didn’t know how old you were, how old would you be?”


I’ve never really written any fiction before, but I thought I’d have a stab at a shot at a short story, and although it wasn’t very good, I was thrilled to have broken that barrier and come up with some fictional characters. I’d never have written anything like that if Diane hadn’t set the assignment, so I was really grateful for the opportunity.


Everyone else’s stories were fabulous, of course, and we moved on to discussing the subject of sadness, with Diane reading us Michael Rosen’s Sad Book. Diane then asked us to write something about our thoughts on sadness. She’s been working on the topic as part of her PhD, so wanted to hear what we had to say. We had spent so long discussing our first pieces that we just ran out of time, so we took this away as homework. After spending an hour or so writing about sadness, I felt rather happy, ironically, so that’s a double thank you to the inspiring Diane.