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Writing Prompts

In honor of National Poetry Month, which is National Poetry Writing Month or (NaPoWriMo), I am offering you the following prompt:

1. Use a slang word or term as your title.
2. Write 27 lines.
3. Include a person’s name.

If you need another idea for a writing prompt, visit the NaPoWriMo website.


Poetry Workshop

January 12, 2009

Have you every wanted to take a poetry workshop but the classes were held too far away? Perhaps you did not have the money to pay for one? Perhaps you could not bear to spend 8-14 weeks in a classroom again?

Are you someone who enjoys writing prompts?

Then, the monthly Guardian poetry workshop might be the answer for you. It’s free. It’s voluntary. It’s online. It’s not a class or traditional workshop.

Anyone who wants can write a poem based on a poet’s prompt and then send it to the poet via The Guardian. If the poet likes your work, they will comment on it in an article, and the poem may be posted to the website. You could write the prompt and not send it in at all. No one has to know. It can be your little secret.

To recap, a poet invites you to write a poem every month and then that poet picks his or her favorites from the submissions and writes an article about them.

Is this not a brilliant idea? I want to kiss the very foundation of The Guardian’s office building!

What might February bring?


Writing Prompt

December 7, 2008

After a lot of late nights working on 32 Poems, I’m celebrating with a writing prompt. Take that book from the side table in your bedroom and turn to page 32. Pick the 32nd line in the book and use it as inspiration for your poem. If you don’t have 32 lines, then pick line […]


The Are You Outside the Lines blog visited the One Word website I recommended and wrote in response to a prompt. Yesterday, I visited One Word and wrote in response to the word “mantle.” I went back today to get another word, but the word is still “mantle.” Hmmm. —– What magazines do you receive? […]


Day of Poetry

August 20, 2008

Diane Lockward wrote about hosting a day of poetry at her home — isn’t her family room gorgeous with those big bookshelves? — and sharing prompts with the other writers. She writes that the day lasts from about 10 – 4. At the start, there’s plenty of gabbing and then they get down to business, […]