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January has come to an end. Let's make February count! The Time Is Now...

POETRY PROMPT
Record the advertising slogans and advertising copy that you encounter throughout the day. Pick one slogan/catchphrase or a brief selection of advertising copy and incorporate it into a poem, without mentioning the object or service being marketed.  

 

FICTION PROMPT
Find a blank notebook, and for one week fill it with whatever strikes you--images, photographs, cut-out excerpts from articles or books, notes on matchbooks, maps, drawings, and your own writing. At the end of the week, use this material as inspiration for a story.  

 

CREATIVE NONFICTION PROMPT

Using Lorrie Moore's "How To Be An Other Woman" from Self-Help (Knopf, 1985) as inspiration, turn a personal experience into a twelve- (or more) step, how-to manual. The piece can be a simple enumerated list, or it can be more detailed, conveying a broader story; but use the second-person, and keep it instructional.

 

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:

    

ABC of Reading 
(New Directions, 2010) by Ezra Pound, introduction by Michael Dirda  
 
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