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Before we begin, Ina would like to share with you the most inspirational
piece she has come across in some time -- a slide show based on the
words of one of the world's great writers,
And, videos of some of our class members reading stories at a show celebrating the launch of our second volume of Stories From The Heart, dubbed a Top Seller by Amazon.com. You'll also see Ina hosting as the group reads fun and sometimes poignant stories ... from India and South Africa to the U.S.A., you'll hear interesting pictures painted of colorful times.
Now, to the prompts Here are some of the writing
prompts we've been using for our grownup classes, and some new ones just for our
site. If you'd like to try one as a story starter yourself, we'd be
delighted. Send us your "tail" via the form at the button, and
mayhap we'll be able to post it!
you're a kid: You can use these, and we have other writing
prompts especially for you. Click on this button:
You're in the Green Room,
waiting to go on a talk show. There's a kangaroo in the room.
What happens? (See examples of stories stemming from
this prompt: from
Arabella Bell-Mitchell, from
- You're at
a party. A guest appears in the doorway. The person (could
be male or female) is quite interesting, and draws much attention.
There is only one thing about this person that is slightly amiss.
There is a tiny green turtle sitting on top of the person's glasses.
What happens? Describe the person, your reactions, and events.
(See an example of a story based on this prompt from
- You have
just brought a new kitten into a houseful of cats, at least two others.
- You awake
one morning to find yourself surrounded by raccoons, though you live in
the city. What happens?
- Your dog
is walking you in your neighborhood, when a person you find very
attractive appears from the around the corner, also walking a dog.
What happens? Describe the person, the dogs, your feelings, and
what happens between the humans. What happens between the dogs?
pigeons have just pooped on your new suit. Where are you?
How do you react? What do you do?
strolling through the forest one day in May, you discover that yes,
indeed, bears do s....t in the woods. How did you know this pile
you found was from a bear? Are you safe? Is the bear safe?
Seventy-three is your favorite number. You are about to buy a
lottery ticket. Why is seventy-three your favorite number?
Is it still your favorite number after the winning ticket is announced?
has smiled on you. Tell us about it.
- There is
a bee in the car. Where are you? Who's driving? What
this sentence, and then expand to a short, short story.
I was having a wonderful time at the sushi bar, when suddenly
this sentence and expand as in #11.
There is only one way to ____________________________.
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