6/8 – Write about something you’re ashamed of….see where that takes you!
6/9 -In anticipation of tonight’s event with Dani Shapiro and her podcast, Family Secrets: Write about a secret.
6/10 – We ended last night’s amazing discussion with Dani Shapiro by asking her the questions she asks the people she interviews on her The Way We Live Now podcast: What is it important to be creative right now? How would YOU answer that question? How has writing helped you process and get through these past few months? You might even get an essay out of this!
6/11 – From Poets & Writers The Time is Now:
“Grief is a heated iron comb:
The kerosene of grief, it doesn’t age well, it degrades:
Grief is a kind of time:
Sign your name. Become a series of signals…”
For the Academy of American Poets’s Poem-a-Day, Sun Yung Shin writes that her poem “A History of Domestication” is part of a forthcoming collection exploring “how climate threat and mass extinction may affect our social relations, our sense of death and the afterlife/underworld, and how we think of violence in our species.” Write a poem that explores issues that have become important to you as you think about current forces of destruction. When you imagine the near future, how do you envision priorities shifting? What about further on down the line?
The grandmother didn’t want to go to Florida. She wanted to visit some of her connections in East Tennessee and she was seizing at every chance to change Bailey’s mind. Bailey was the son she lived with, her only boy. He was sitting on the edge of his chair at the table, bent over the orange sports section of the Journal. “Now look here, Bailey,” she said, “see here, read this,” and she stood with one hand on her thin hip and the other rattling the newspaper at his bald head. “Here this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is aloose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida and you read here what it says he did to these people. Just you read it. I wouldn’t take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it. I couldn’t answer to my conscience if I did.”
Write a story (or the beginning of a story) featuring a family “character” like “the grandmother.” Don’t use a name—just “the mother” or “the uncle” or “the brother-in-law.” Use expressive language and dialogue to establish their character.