Feasting

Creative Nonfiction Prompt

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Posted 11.27.14 by Writing Prompter

Thanksgiving is a holiday of abundance, good will, good company, and most importantly, good food. We all have our favorites—that platter or dish we set strategically in front of us and hope nobody asks us to pass. This week, write about the one item in your Thanksgiving feast that you look forward to every year. Is it something you make? If not, who usually makes it? Is it a secret family recipe? In an age when most dishes can be purchased or made on any day of the year, take a moment to reflect on how certain dishes become special. 

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Posted 11.26.14

“Choose several literary rivals. These should be people you know. They should be people you like, respect, and admire. They should be people who write at least a little bit like you do. They should be more talented and successful than you are.

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Ferguson Public Library Sees Donations Spike, James Patterson Campaigns Against Reader Apathy, and More

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Online Only, posted 11.26.14

PEN American Center’s Human Rights Day event; Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems reissued; poet Heather McHugh’s nonprofit; and other news.

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A Poem for Thanksgiving

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Posted 11.26.14

"I'm thankful for ATM machines and for the smell of coffee beans." Recorded live at the Fitzgerald Theater in 2008, Garrison Keillor, host of A Prairie Home Companion, offers his list of thanks from instant mashed potatoes to GPS.

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Senses

Fiction Prompt

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Posted 11.26.14 by Writing Prompter

When writing, we usually employ as many senses as we (or our characters) typically experience. Take a scene you’ve already written and tally how many times touch, sight, sound, taste, and smell are used to describe the environment, characters, and action of the story. Which one do you rely the most heavily upon in your writing? Remove all of the instances in which that sense is used, and use an alternative sense in its place. How does this affect the tone, the action, or the scene as a whole? 

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Roxane Gay’s Response to Ferguson, Claudia Rankine’s Urgent Poetry, and More

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Online Only, posted 11.25.14

Ferguson library stays open amid unrest; Gabriel García Márquez’s archives go to Texas; Taiwan’s 24-hour bookstores; and other news.

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Cuz He's Black

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Posted 11.25.14

"It's not about whether or not the shooter is racist. It's about how poor black boys are treated as problems well before we are treated as people." Award-winning slam poet Javon Johnson performs a personal and impassioned poem at the 2013 National Poetry Slam semifinals in Boston.

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Anonymous Thanks

Poetry Prompt

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Posted 11.25.14 by Writing Prompter

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, write a poem of thanks. Make it all-encompassing, widely accessible, heartfelt, and tender. It could be a proclamation of all the things you are thankful for, or it could be for someone you want to thank. When you’re finished, make copies of your poem and leave one in a public place, where it is sure to be found. Do not sign the poem, and do not address it to anyone in particular. The poem is for whoever finds it and appreciates it.  

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The Inspiring Rebecca Hoogs on Seattle Arts & Lectures

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Posted 11.24.14 by RW Blogger

Rebecca Hoogs is the author of the chapbook, Grenade (GreenTower Press, 2005) and the poetry collection, Self-Storage (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2013), which was a finalist for the 2013 Washington State Book Award in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, AGNI, FIELD, Crazyhorse, Zyzzyva, the Journal, Poetry Northwest, the Florida Review, Cincinnati Review, among others.

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Coffee House Press Founder Allan Kornblum Has Died, How the Strand Still Stands, and More

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Online Only, posted 11.24.14

Neal Cassady’s “lost” letter up for auction; Apple to pay up to $400 million in e-book settlement; Little Free Library’s little spokesperson; and other news.

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