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Prompt–Monday, April 2

In a classroom you find an orange drawstring bag with a pair of shoes inside. When a shadow refuses to follow I leave my shoes behind and say no, I will not run another lap around the track or the pond in your backyard. These shoes ran too many laps in their lifetime. They asked, …

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Prompt–Sunday, March 25

Put something on your hands and go about your normal day. Like a sticker or ink from a fountain pen. Write about it. Fingers can wear cloaks to protect them from cold with the palm as a hat keeping out the breeze. I look down and see there’s spilled ink in the streets, tears for …

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Prompt–Monday, March 19

Embarrassment. Fear. Something. Using these three words, write. A skirt hitched too high lets in a breeze for all to see a white slip and bare legs.

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Prompt–Monday, March 12

I’m nearly finished with “Finding Yourself in Transition” by Robert Brumet. One of his quotes: “Creation begins with emptiness. It is from emptiness that new life emerges” (Brumet 87). Write something inspired by┬áthe quote. The pale sand is ready to bear witness to art as plastic molds turrets.

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Prompt–Sunday, March 4

At the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Chicago last week, I went to a session Thursday called, “The Image, Written: Using Photography and Mixed Media to Teach Creative Writing and Composition Writing,” given by Rachel Somerstein, Alden Jones, and Lorraine Doran. One of the creative writing prompts was to pick a photo …

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Prompt–Sunday, February 26

Write a poem (or a piece of fiction or a combination, whatever you would like) ending a line with an “–no.” Here’s what I wrote. I hope to be yours–no way to become one now. I hope to be me–no, I’ve never really been true. I hope to be free–no way to tell when. I …

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Prompt–Sunday, February 5, 2012

Take the color red. Sven Tito Achen’s book “Symbols Around Us” says red can represent beautiful, popular, blood, life, emotion, passion, warmth, heat, fire, bloodshed, bravery, sacrifice, danger, love, war, battle, revolution, socialism, and communism. “In the Roman Catholic Church especially red also stands for the blood of the martyrs. Since 1245 it has been …

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Prompt–Sunday, January 29

I went to the Toledo Museum of Art Friday. When I go to museums, I love taking a notebook and working on ekphrasis (art in response to art). I usually write poetry, but fiction is known to happen. One of the paintings that caught my eye was “The Old Church in Delft with the Tomb …

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Prompt–Monday, January 23

The novel “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer uses photographs to accompany the story. Pick a project you’ve been working on and make a list of at least photographs or pictures or art that would enhance the story you’re trying to tell. For my April Novel: magnolia tree phoenix museum painting stars …

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Prompt–Sunday, January 8

Make a list of places you would like to go. Name cities, countries, etc. England Ireland Scotland Italy France Russia Peru Argentina Spain Greece Egypt Australia New Zealand Mexico

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