5/18 – From Julie Checkoway’s Creating Fiction:
1.) Make an exhaustive list of historical events or figures who have long intrigued you.
2.) Choose five and write for five minutes on each of them, exploring the metaphorical possibilities in a work of fiction or nonfiction
3.) Do some research and then write a short story (or essay) that centers in full or in part on one of the events or figures.
5/19 – From the one and only Amy Hempel: Write about the place you came from. What happens there more than anywhere else? Interpret “place” however you want. Use this for a character in a fictional piece or to start a new essay. Try to surprise yourself!
5/20 – Today we honor the Bard. Did you hear/read the news yesterday that the Globe Theater is at risk of closing because of all of this? In his comedy, As You Like It, Touchstone says “When I was at home, I was in a better place.” (Act 2, scene 4). Now that we’re spending all of this time at home, think about this line.. use it to start a line of dialogue in a story. Will another character disagree? Use it as the first line of a new essay. Explore what home means to you…
5/21 – From The 3 A.M. Epiphany by Brian Kiteley: Write a short scene about a character you’ve become familiar with over time – either your own fictional creation or a character based on someone you know. Start the scene by letting the character do what you expect this character to do. But in the sequence of events, allow the character to do something out of character. Let the character surprise you. This exercise demands that you consider what is exeected and unexpected in a character.
5/22 – We’re thinking about revision. Hopefully you’ve been writing a lot of new drafts in these past few weeks or months. Now choose one to revisit and revise. One of the biggest issues we see in early drafts is lack of action or narrative propulsion. From our READING LIKE A WRITER instructor, Marie Cordell, “Add a new circumstance to a story in progress that makes it more urgent that the protagonist should get his or her way. Do the same for each character in the scene.”