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POETRY PROMPT
Pick up a dictionary and randomly choose ten words. Write a poem in five stanzas, with five lines in each stanza, using two of the ten words in each. Make the number of stressed syllables in each line consistent among the stanzas. (The first line of each stanza should have the same number of stressed syllables, etc.) 

 

FICTION PROMPT
Read the headlines in today's newspaper. Choose one that you find compelling, and without reading the accompanying article, write a story based on the headline. 
 
CREATIVE NONFICTION PROMPT

Write for twenty minutes, without stopping, a piece of pure description about something you see (a person, a scene, or an object in the room). No dialogue, no metaphor, no emotion; just pure description, as detailed as possible. Then write, nonstop, for another twenty minutes about the same subject, but this time use only speculation--imagine the subject's thoughts, perceptions, emotions, inner, or outward dialogue, etc.--and/or your own thoughts and observations about the subject. Combine the two pieces, and see what kind of story comes to life.   

 

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:


   
 
A Kite in the Wind: Fiction Writers on Their Craft 
(Trinity University Press, 2011) edited by Andrea Barrett and Peter Turchi
 
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