Category Archives: Writing prompts

West Coast: Writers Wanted

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I was asked in writers’ workshop today, led by Harryiet Mullen, to fill out a writer’s inventory. One of the questions was

How do you participate and contribute to your community as a writer?

Did you know, it’s ginormous! The writing communities available if you’re living on the west coast. And they are all going on now or soon(it). A comprehensive list here.

Looking for Stimuli? No Writer’s Block Here!

abstractIt’s week four for our graduating capstone. 

July 13 – 19: Sit a Moment and Write!

From July 13 through 19, this post includes writing stimuli and optional writing prompts.  It’s designed for writers to complete within minutes.  There are photographs and video.  Choose a stimulus and play the video, or engage a photo for one minute (click on photo to enlarge).  The intent is to engage your creative mind.

Each stimulus is followed by four incomplete sentence beginnings and endings.  You writing does not have to pertain to your chosen stimulus but some prompts do include a possible connection. Write for at least one minute but no more than five.  Either free write to your liking, or embrace constraint by using the beginning and ending prompts.   In constraint, combine any beginning with any ending.  These can be a single sentence or multiple paragraphs.  Feel free to massage and combine prompts  to the liking of your radical self!

My neighbors are speaking in Korean, and Cantonese, and Hindi, and English and motorcycle, and honking cabs, as Lexington Avenue sidewalks sigh under the pining humidity. And then there was the salt shaker.

From Stimuli 1…great tool to stretch your creative writing skills.

Want to write that 3-part Novel/Movie deal dream?

sentencesIt starts here. It’s Week #3 of our graduating capstone project. Quick writing experiments that helped me pay closer attention to crafting my sentences with intentions.

Plenum. Enter here. Disappear. 

 

 

 

Plenum Week Two! Fairy Tales

 

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It’s the visceral connection. The impending death. Fairy tales of past are not worlds we could imagine leaving our kids in. Yet, we remember these stories.

In creating these narratives that “[are] not true, nor could ever possibly be true,” we define and re-define ourselves. We are human and humane, connected and creative.

Come and unleash your goblins and elves here at Plenum Pleasant Horrors of Fairytales Inside the Belly of the Wolf, my week of our MFA’s graduating capstone project.

Vertical Interrogations (and my graduating capstone) part I

Watercolor, salt, glue

Watercolor, salt, glue

These questions. Questions in line with Bhanu Kapil’s method of asking people about their lives which really, really crossed borders. Please click on the link to answer the vertical interrogations. You will be amazed by your creativity, humor, and tenderness. [click on the reply number in the gray circle to add your response]. Have fun. Write something today.

https://heronsandplenum.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/laura/

Few Things Keep Me Tethered

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One is my MFA. Presently struggling to keep up with thesis production and the class’ creative writing project. Here’s my pushing up against something with weight / reflecting my breathing in and out / without

If you’re looking for generative prompts and writing tips to twist open the spigot for your summer writing projects and/or ambitions, please check out https://heronsandplenum.wordpress.com/

Plenum captures the spirit, energy, and creative urgency flowing through a diverse community of writers–the OSU-Cascades MFA Class of 2015. For seven days of seven weeks, the Plenum Capstone invites the World to join us in creating and experiencing the art of the written word through an innovative e-publishing exploration of the writing and the creative process. The project’s ephemeral nature distinguishes it from the aspirations of growth and longevity associated with more traditional digital media. The Plenum Capstone also echoes the broader MFA experience–brief, intense, and transient, yet providing experiences we will carry through the rest of our lives.

Writing Assignment: Describe What Indian Summer Means to You

I don’t know what it is or
what do you do with it
Maybe your stomach pitches
like hearing the intro to Otomi-san song
When you say hot is it
like a melanin platter of Duk Lee’s look fun rolls

We eat yamaimo (shaved) over nato beans on hot nights

I cover my inhibitions with nasal gurgling
and a plunking shaminsen
I dance
It’s winter and 85 degrees
It’s summer and 85
My mother re-plays Lionel Richie’s CD
one of her better days this week
I cry
Obon kimonos sway and pitch
sherbet foam skimmed from a punchbowl
It never quenches
the green flash at 6:35 PM tonight

What the hell is Indian Summer?