Summer Writing Mini-Workshop: Creative Writing Prompts


Reimagine fairy tales, turning them into reality tales.

If you enjoy writing poetry, but are, at heart, a storyteller, writing a verse novel is a way of satisfying both of those needs. I wrote my novel first, & am now in the process of creating a stand-alone verse book, which will be fashioned into a chapbook to market the novel.

What we write doesn’t always have to be created from nothing. You can write about writing (analysis, book review, criticism, et cetera), or you can write about how a piece of cinematic art (especially one that is well-known because others who are fans of that art just might want to read what you have to say about it) made you feel. (And by cinematic art, if it has moved you deeply, it is art.)

Write a sequel (perhaps even a grown-up one) to an existing children’s nursery rhyme. You just might create an entire series of flash fiction stories that would work—without the reader even knowing how they came about.

Art imitating life (or something like it) can be as inspirational as life itself. Try imitating the art that imitates life.

An ekphrastic poem is a “vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating & reflecting on the action of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify & expand its meaning.” You already have the big picture (pun intended)—all you must do is fill in the details. Here’s an example: Also, rather than write a movie review, write a poem about it. It still requires analysis on a deeper level, & you will be creating a piece of art.


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