Getting Started by Dr James Cooper

Follow-up Exercises

1. To help you find the focus of your story, try to answer these questions:

  • When did it happen?
  • Where did it take place?
  • Who was involved?
  • What was it about?
  • How did it unfold?
  • Why did it happen?

2. What did you learn or discover (about yourself, about God, about life) as a result?

3. Call your Uncle Fred (watch video if this puzzles you) and tell him your story. If possible, record your conversation.
The 2019 Stories of Life anthology

In the video, James refers to several stories from our 2019 anthology, Papa’s Shoes and other stories of life.

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James Cooper

James Cooper is Head of Creative Writing at Tabor College, Adelaide, where he has taught writing for over ten years. An active writer of both fiction and poetry, James’ work has been published in journals both locally and overseas. He has edited and co-edited numerous anthologies, including Tales from the Upper Room and the Stories of Life collections. His YA novel Never Let Go was shortlisted in 2016 for the Text Prize.

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