Prompt for March 25 – Virtual Didier Dumas

“Back to basics.” Use the prompt to inspire your work in any form (poetry or prose; fiction of any genre; creative nonfiction, essay, or memoir).

Politicians and experts send mixed messages about dangers to public health; anxiety and suspicion divides communities into isolated groups seeking to protect themselves, often governed by superstition; fear silences discussion; despair renders a city almost unlivable for body and soul. This was the backdrop for The Decameron by Boccaccio in the 1350s, in which a small circle of men and women shelter in place (more or less) during an outbreak of the Plague and tell stories, sad, humorous, sexy, instructive. The Decameron does not celebrate carnal survival, but rather human survival through shared self-expression, through re-building community: the basics of being human.

So you can meditate on all of that if you want to, or you can just write!

You may also wish to use one of the prompts offered last week. Find them by scrolling back through the blog, but make sure to come back to this page for the Zoom session, link below.

We will write for an hour, from 7-8pm.

Log into our virtual meeting at 8pm here: Zoom meeting.

If you prefer to publish your work to our blog, visit Submittable after 7pm to upload your work. We will do our best to publish everything we receive.