Today, we are going to simulate an out-of- body experience through writing. Write a complete narration of a day in your life from an omniscient perspective. Sit beside yourself in your office, home, or wherever you are or were. Observe your mood and activities without interfering (attempting to embellish or exaggerate). Walk with yourself; notice … Continue reading Writing Prompt: The God-Perspective
Why do we remember? Why recall anything, even if it made us feel good and especially if it made us feel bad?
Each day when I wake up, I think of how can I live a purposeful life. The answer is always found in the last words I can remember hearing from my grandmother. “Be intentional about everything you do,” she said
Tell me the story.
Explore the elements of storytelling on location at some of the region’s famed cultural and historical sites. This course focuses on writing as a lived experience both inside and outside of the classroom. Class meets every week, alternating between in-class and off site excursions. Enjoy inspiration with visits to the Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri History … Continue reading The “Lit” Crawl: A Creative Writing Workshop
Playground It is not a fair but children are playing there, On swing sets and red asphalt surrounded by overgrown weeds and tall swaying trees. It is not fair but an elder gentleman sleeps there, In gold buckled black loafers and dress socks, Basketball shorts with his arms folded in a knot. It is a … Continue reading LitCrawl: People Watching
Ways to Stay Engaged with Your Writing Why do we write? Presumably, it is because we have something to say. When the muse kisses us, whether in a classroom, sitting in a garden, at museum, or right before we get out of bed on an early Saturday morning, we are set alight and nothing can … Continue reading Where the Hell is Larry?
2014 was probably the worst year of my life. It was one year after completing college, a slew internships, and teaching abroad but still, I had not found a job. This was the backdrop to a personal life that was spiraling out of f***ing control. My then boyfriend of four years was cheating … Continue reading Keeping It Real: Finding Comedy in Tragedy
Is it true that only trouble is interesting? Why or why not?
You are Ares, the Greek god of war, and you work at Home Depot. You have been sent there to learn humility. To test you, Athena, the goddess of wisdom, disguises herself as a 50-year-old housewife who wants to see your manager about the price of a riding mower. She has several Groupons that she … Continue reading Writing Prompt: God of War
Registration opens on January 7th and class starts on February 2nd. Don't miss out on the opportunity to a build a firm foundation for your writing. Join us as we demystify the writing process through experimentation with style and structure. To sign up click here http://stlcc.edu/CE .
You live in 7th century China during the reign of Empress Wu Zetian. As chief advisor to the empress, your job is to be her eyes and ears among the courtiers. Though she has purged the royal court of those who openly took issue with her legitimacy as a ruler, there are still those that … Continue reading Writing Prompt: Empress Wu Zetian
You are a crew member of the H.M.S. Erebus which is frozen in an ice trap along the Northern Passage. The captain is dead and half the crew want to leave the ship to search for food. The others do not. What do you do? Want more prompts like this? Join the Write Now Creative … Continue reading Writing Prompt: H.M.S. Erebus
For our third and final LitCrawl destination, we will visit the St. Louis Public Library Central location downtown. Throughout the course, we have discussed how to brainstorm ideas, build a working outline, and decide which narrative arcs to follow or avoid. For this class assignment, you will take your chosen piece from our in class … Continue reading Lit Crawl: St. Louis Public Library (Central)
Topic: Immersive Writing As you all know I am a big fan of historical literature both fiction and nonfiction. I like to dive right into the past and follow characters of or learn new things about human behavior and habits. For each class, I like to do at least one immersive writing exercise using one … Continue reading Lit Crawl: Missouri History Museum
The Workers' Rights are Human Rights: Labor Leaders Past and Present essay and poster are exhibit is now open and traveling between St. Louis Community College campuses. The exhibit which is available online @ laborleadersexhibit.com, features poster art and essays created by STLCC honors students, guest artists, and visiting scholars. The works are dedicated to … Continue reading Labor Leaders Exhibit
Poem Type: Limerick Current Event: #dearMoon By DeBuggy Bug I choose to go to the Moon in 2023, Treasures of my choosing shall accompany, I have paid for a dream ship, Billions for a space trip, This might be the end of me in 2023.
by Daphne M. Rivers Gun smoke, panic, and flashing lights - it's the sort of thing of celluloid fantasy, a tide of anger slams into the shores of our fear and complacency when it washes out there is only you, a boy in the crimson veil. Neighborhood heroes and saviors line the pavement, purposeless because … Continue reading The Boy in the Crimson Veil
by Daphne M. Rivers Lothario, Lothario, poor boy being flung about, by a two-foot terror in white ribbons. He keeps a smile all the while, with pounding fist and parted lips, She beats that pretty face till it cracks then gives. Spoiling her Sunday best as She stoops in the dust, in cotton dress baptized … Continue reading Dummy Doll Lover