Virtual Didier Dumas – Canceled for December 23 and 30

Dear writers! Our planned facilitator is having technical difficulties this week that will probably extend into next week. Rather than scramble to rearrange things, we’re taking a break. We can’t thank you enough for writing with us this year! Please check in with us in 2021.

Prompt for December 18 – Virtual Barat House

I love the world, sometimes it loves me.
The love of my life is humanity.

Suzanne Vega, Lover / Beloved – The Life of Carson McCullers

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

Log into our virtual meeting at 1pm for readings and discussion.

Prompt for December 16 – Virtual Didier Dumas

Please use one of the prompts offered last week (or any others from the blog that strike your fancy)!

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

Join our virtual meeting at 8pm for readings and discussion.

Prompt for December 11 – Virtual Barat House

Doorways

I entered a . . .
and left by a . . .

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

Log into our virtual meeting at 1pm for readings and discussion.

A note on the prompt

The idea to explore doorways comes from a write! circle participant, who shared the following by email:

There is always a doorway. A dividing point between here and thereus and them, mundane and magical. It is at the moment when the doors open, when things flow between the worlds, that stories happen . . . They lead to all the directions a compass could never take you, to elsewhere.

Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January (Redhook Books 2019)

Prompt for December 9 – Virtual Didier Dumas

Unintentional selection

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

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A note on the prompt

Inspired by a recent article about Fritillaria delavayi, a flowering plant typified by its vibrant blossoms. In a part of the world where for over two thousand years the plants have been harvested for medicinal purposes, Fritillaria delavayi blooms a muddy greenish-brown.

Prompt for December 4 – Virtual Barat House

The rescue will begin in its own time

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

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A note on the prompt

Four previously unpublished flash fictions by Franz Kafka were recently translated and published in the New Yorker under this title. The line is from a story about two prisoners who appear to possess nothing but a very small hammer.

Prompt for December 2 – Virtual Didier Dumas

Home style recipe or home remedy?

Comfort food or constitutional tonic? One person’s favorite pie is another’s holiday life support. Come up with one or a few essential homestyle recipes or home remedies (or some concoction that’s a little of both) and choose one to inspire your work.

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

Join our virtual meeting at 8pm for readings and discussion.

A note on the prompt

The inspiration was Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances and Home Remedies by Laura Esquivel, set largely in the kitchen. Tita, the almost-ever homebound main character, forbidden from consummating her true love, incorporates her passions, joys, and sorrows into recipes handed down through generations to the narrator.