Prompt for January 15 – Virtual Barat House

Thaw

In New York, it might seem a little early for this image as a prompt. Then again, maybe in the world climate context, it’s timeless.

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 to those joining for the first time this week

The blog contains dozens of prompts, posted over the last several months. Please feel free to use any of them—or no prompt at all, if you are burning with inspiration from elsewhere.

Prompt for January 13 – Virtual Didier Dumas

We do not dream alone

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A note on the prompt

This is the title of the Asia Society Triennial current exhibit, at the Asia Society through June 27, part I of a yearlong series of events. The title was inspired by a line from Yoko Ono’s 1964 publication, Grapefruit—“A dream you dream alone may be a dream, but a dream two people dream together is a reality.” See the artistic statement here.

Prompt for January 8 – Virtual Barat House

A list of further possibilities

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A note on the prompt

An excerpt from the title When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen (BOA Editions 2017), via a prompt by @poetrywithemily on Twitter.

No Prompt for January 6

Folks, Donna here. Prompts fail me today. I wish you the serenity to be able to write in good health, if you plan on writing tonight. For anyone who would like to gather in the Zoom room, I will open it at 8pm.

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

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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).

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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).

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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

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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

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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.