Poetry, process, progress.

Category: Writing Prompts

Thirteen Tweets

Thirteen Tweets

I’ve used Twitter in many classes for extending/creating a conversation about a text in online classes or to encourage English Ed or graduate students to develop a professional network. The following is probably one of the most fun ways to use Twitter in the classroom. It gets to the core of what longterm Twitter use can do for your use of language. Out of necessity, it tightens it up, a common goal for creative writing where words are to be used, not wasted.¬†Here is what my Fiction II students will be doing over the weekend. This was first developed as a poetry exercise that centered on images and concrete language. (more…)

3-card writing prompt

3-card writing prompt

I bought the Poet Tarot from Two Sylvias Press and am integrating it into the things I do to get started writing. The deck, which has well-selected poets for the major arcana cards and muses, quills, mentors, and letterpresses for the suits, comes with a guidebook full information and suggestions for how to use the deck to inspire. I decided to use the three-card layout to set goals for the fall semester. I went with the first suggestion for the layout, which seemed to lend itself to planning. Card one gives “a creative opportunity or idea,” card two gives “a potential challenge to this potential opportunity or idea,” and card three gives “a possible solution or change of direction” (75). I meditated on the question for a moment, gave a good shuffle since they were still in order, and this is what I drew: (more…)