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The Time Is Now, Week 29
The Time Is Now July 19, 2012
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|Welcome to The Time Is Now. For even more inspiration, check out our Tumblr, Lines We Live By, a collection of excerpts from our favorite books.|
|In June 2012, Matthew and Michael Dickman released Fifty American Plays (Poems) (Copper Canyon Press), a book of poem-plays about the fifty American states. Choose a state (or region or country outside of the United States) that you feel a deep connection to and write a poem about it. Give the reader a sense of the landscape and mood you associate with the place. As an additional challenge, try to convey a sense of the location without ever naming it in the poem. |
Write a piece of flash fiction in the style and form of a recipe. In composing the preparation steps, reveal bits of the fictional recipe-writer's life. Try to give the reader a sense of the person behind the recipe by giving an emotional dimension to the instructions. For inspiration, read Steve Himmer's "How to Make Potato Salad."
Creative Nonfiction Prompt
As Tolstoy's axiom goes, "All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town." Freewrite for ten minutes about each of these premises, then turn one--or both--into an essay.
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: |
On Looking: Essays (Sarabande Books, 2006) by Lia Purpura
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