Writing Prompt

Weekly Writing Prompt

Write a short story that revolves around this notion that the phrase “happily ever after” can involve something more complex, or even ruinous, than what’s seen at first glance. You might choose to write a continuation from the established ending of a well-known fairy tale, or concoct a brand new story in which the idea […]

Weekly Writing Prompt

Write a short essay about a particularly resonant memory. Then try rewriting the same memory either in another language, even if you only have a basic knowledge of it or in a style of English that has been “torn apart” and defamiliarized. Do you find this practice freeing or limiting? Which elements of the memory […]

Weekly Writing Prompt

Write a story that takes place in a setting where a similarly surprising and perhaps inexplicable phenomenon exists year after year. Does your main character fall on the side of science or superstition? Does she (or he) respond with skepticism, wonder, or indifference? How does this experience affect her (or his) life? Submit your pieces […]

Weekly Writing Prompt

Write a poem dedicated to a beloved snack from your childhood, exploring how it has changed or remained the same throughout the years. Consider the effect that consistence has on your life, even in the form of a favorite snack. Submit your pieces to: wlpenman@gmail.com

Weekly Writing Prompt

This week, try out an exercise to make your own fiction more timeless. Search through your writing for an excerpt in a short story that includes makers of a contemporary setting, perhaps in in its mention of modern objects, technology or usage of slag. Then revise that section of story by transforming the contemporary elements […]

Weekly Writing Prompt

Think of a time when you’ve responded in a stressful situation with a defense mechanism of your own. Write an essay about the encounter, exploring your emotional response and aspects of your personal history that may have contributed to your instinctive reaction. Submit your pieces to wlpenman@gmail.com

Weekly Writing Prompt

What musicians are part of the soundtrack of your life? Choose several musicians or band integral to your soundtrack, and write poems that reflect on the lives of these musicians, combining research and imagination in a song of your own. Submit your pieces to: wlpenman@gmail.com

Weekly Writing Prompt

A feeling of helplessness or lack of control over the weather may also contribute to snappish behavior. Write a short story in which your main character struggles to keep calm on one of the hottest (or coldest) days of the year. What is the catalyst that drives your character to lose patience or keep cool? […]

Weekly Writing Prompt

Think of several public landmarks located in your city, and integrate them as cues or red herrings in a short mystery story. How does zeroing in on the small, specific details of familiar landmarks imbue your story with a layer of suspense or tension? Submit your picks to wlpenman@gmail.com

Weekly Writing Prompt

Facebook or Twitter Status: Write a poem using the words from your latest status update or a friend’s status update.