Don’t Write Alone: Free Write

Generating a Poem from Nature’s Patterns

This prompt will help you reconnect with nature and explore ways to write a poem as an extension of the natural world.

Begin to Build the World of Your TV Series

The success of a show often hangs on the writer’s ability to create a compelling sense of place. Use this prompt from classes instructor Alexander Aciman to imagine possibilities for your very own TV series.

Nov 09, 2022
In an Essay, Let Us Borrow Your Eyeballs—or Anyone Else’s, Really, Even a Bird’s

Meaning is an abstract concept. It needs a container. Concrete details are those vessels, the building blocks, the foundation of a good essay.

Oct 17, 2022
Writing Ghosts and Why You Want To

Write a scene in which you’re sharing space with a ghost from your memory. It can be memoir or fiction, scary or silly, simple or complex. Just like ghosts themselves.

Oct 03, 2022
Write a “Bad” Poem

When you try to be “good” it doesn’t always work, but something fascinating happens when you try to be “bad.”

Sep 14, 2022
What’s Beyond the Horizon of Your Obsession?

Take a deep dive into your obsession with this poetry prompt from Luther Hughes.

Sep 07, 2022
Reconfigure Your Memories

We build memories from these narratives. Classes instructor Jenessa Abrams wants you to try changing your story with this two-part writing prompt.

Aug 23, 2022
The Power of “What If”

Speculative fiction is fueled by curiosity and questions. Try your hand at starting a new work (or building on something you’ve already started) with this exercise from classes instructor Tara Campbell.

Aug 08, 2022
Turning a Scene Around for a Different View

A story changes depending on who’s doing the telling. Try a different version of a scene in your short story or novel to learn about your characters.

Aug 01, 2022
Stuck in Your Own Head? Try Someone Else’s

Choose a scene you’re working on in your novel and consider what that scene might look like from the perspective of someone else in the room.

Jul 27, 2022
How to Write Personal Essays Through Who You Are

This exercise is meant to let you use a part of your identity as a perspective, rather than just a subject that you’re putting under pressure and scrutiny.

Jun 30, 2022
Write that Poem

What nuggets of life are you sharing that need poems? Write the poem about how your cat won’t leave you alone with help from this prompt by Lillian-Yvonne Bertram.

Sensory Detail and Setting Exercise

Whether you write fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, this writing exercise from Aatif Rashid will help you write lyrical sentences rich with sensory detail.

Jun 13, 2022
The Essay as a Form of Giving Up

One way to consider the essay is as a way to capture, study, and release back into the world a question or story that preoccupies you.

Jun 09, 2022
Divining Your Divergent Interests: The Card Oracle Method

The oracle part sounds mysterious, but it just means drawing cards from a shuffled deck and treating the results as an answer key for generating new writing.

Mar 23, 2022
Magical Realism and Cultural Context

Learn how to devise a rough concept for a magical realist story with this prompt from classes instructor Jessica Reidy.

Mar 03, 2022
Creation by Negation

Thwart your own impulses toward one genre or another with this generative writing exercise from Ben Purkert.

Feb 01, 2022
Speculative Artist’s Statement for Queer Writers

Try out Atom Evie Atkinson’s speculative artist’s statement, developed to help her students pivot from past educations to a utopian future of their own design.

Writing In Between the Real and Unreal

Sanjena Sathian thinks the most interesting writing material comes from locating mystery in our own lives. Try out this writing exercise to write into that mystery.

Jan 18, 2022
Creating Scenes for Discovery

Storytelling is like the TARDIS in ‘Doctor Who’—the narrower and more specific we get on the outside, the bigger it gets on the inside.

Jan 12, 2022