Writing can be a great form of respite. Please take 15 – 20 minutes to respond in writing to the prompts below. Try to just keep writing without overthinking it. Tell that inner critic to shut up. If you like a passage, phrase, or image, you can come back to it later to expand on it. Perhaps it will lead to a more fleshed out piece that you can submit to together.
- Share a story about your maternal grandmother. (April 16)
- Make a list of mentors you have had in your life. Choose one of them and write them a letter about what you learned from them. (April 15)
- Read Anastasia Edel’s March 17 entry in the New York Review of Books Pandemic Journal. Write a story entitled “Decency (April 12)
- Write a short story beginning, “She put on her mask and walked out her front door for the first time in three weeks.” (April 11)
- Make a list of new practices or activities you have been engaged in since the COVID-19 shutdown. Circle the ones you would like to continue even after the crisis abates. Write about one of the items you circled. (April 10)
- The modern architect and designer, Le Corbusier, once wrote, “a house is a machine for living.” Reflecting on this observation, consider your relationship to your home and how it may have changed during the last three weeks. (April 9)