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The Time Is Now, so use this week's writing prompts to begin a new story, poem, or essay. Let's go!

POETRY PROMPT
Compose a poem in the form and style of a postcard note. Keep the length brief, and give the recipient a sense of the place you're visiting or the space you're occupying. The location from which you write can be imagined or real. Alternatively, buy a postcard, and try to write a poem based on the image or photograph on the front of the postcard. 

 

CREATIVE NONFICTION PROMPT
This week's creative nonfiction prompt comes from Jo Ann Beard, who is on the nonfiction faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. Her most recent book is the novel In Zanesville (Little, Brown, 2011).

Write for twenty minutes about one of the following subjects. Combine two or three subjects to create something larger.
An experience with an insect.
An experience with a child.
An experience with an animal.
An experience with a stranger. 
An experience in an automobile.
An experience in a school. 
An experience in a place of worship.
An experience in a stranger's house.

FICTION PROMPT

Deconstruct a short story that you find particularly powerful. First, identify the point-of-view and the characters. Then outline the plot. Finally, make a chart with two columns: In the first column, describe what happens in each paragraph of the story; in the second column, analyze why it happens, how it serves the larger story. Apply what you learn as you revise a story-in-the-works or begin a new one.   

 

THE BEST BOOKS FOR WRITERS
Each week we recommend a book--a newly published title or an invaluable classic--that will help you on your writing journey. This week's pick:

 

The Autobiographer's Handbook: The 826 National Guide to Writing Your Memoir (Holt Paperbacks, 2008) edited by Jennifer Traig 
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