NYWC Prompt-A-Day: What I Want To Say

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This Sunday at the 92nd Street Y, I will join Pat Schneider, Sapphire, and many other brilliant writers for a full day and evening exploring Writing As A Spiritual Practice and the Amherst Writers and Artists Method of teaching writing.

Peter Elbow called Pat Schneider, “The wisest teacher of writing I know.” I’ll take it a step further and say she is the wisest person I know. Pat has many gifts, but I personally think that the source of her strength as a writer, teacher, activist, and human being is her willingness to be vulnerable. Something magical happens when Pat speaks; she creates room for everyone to go deeper, open up, heal, and be at their absolute best. I feel honored to call her my friend, as well as a role model.

NYWC Prompt-A-Day: Lines Lost Among Trees (and Subway Platforms, Bathtubs and everywhere)

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I personally do my best thinking in the shower, when I am not trying to think at all. Ideas pop into my head, and fly out as fast as they arrived. And it is the one place I never have anything to write on or type or talk into to preserve my brilliance. (Friends, feel free to buy me bathtub crayons for my birthday.) And it isn’t always about writing — I invent things, dream up reality shows, remember random childhood moments, and solve climate change, only to forget everything by the time I’ve dried off.

NYWC Prompt-A-Day: Ode to the Earth

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Happy Earth Day! Write an ode to the Earth or some part of nature like a favorite animal or plant.

NYWC Prompt-A-Day: The Rise and Fall

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To honor the founding of the Roman Empire on April 21 by Romulus and Remus back in 753 BC, write about the very beginnings of something that you now know ended badly.

NYWC Prompt-A-Day: Excuse you…

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Today’s prompt comes from our workshop leader Deborah Clearman. Write about a time you or a character stood up to someone or talked back.