December 2015

October is not the only time for ghosts. You’ll all be familiar with Dickens’ Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come, but you may not be with some of the stories Colin Fleming collected last year for The Paris Review.  Fleming discusses the classic English Christmas ghost story, meant to ‘scare you out … Continue reading December 2015

July 2015

Write a short scene in which a character has an experience that causes him or her to recall a similar past experience.  What reminds him or her of it?  What is startling about the revelation?  Feel free to juxtapose past and present — or don’t.   This prompt comes from The 3 A.M. Epiphany, a … Continue reading July 2015

May 2015

The prompt this month comes from Reddit:   You lost your father's engraved fountain pen on a backpacking trip 10 years ago. Today a cashier hands it back to you to sign a receipt. Write about its journey.     Responses: The Journey by Allison Mitchell To Record and Remember by E.M. Killaley

March 2015

Write a fragment of a story about a politician forced to meet with a political rival, without anyone else in the room, in an unlikely location.  The conversation doesn’t have to be about politics, but you can imagine everything said would be political.  Have fun with this! We don't need any diatribes. This comes from … Continue reading March 2015