This month's prompt was sent to us by Gail from Australia:
Can home be a country you've never known?
Some avenues to pursue: Would we recognize the US, or any country for that matter, if we were thrown 150 years into the past or future? If we didn't recognize and know that place, would it still be home? What does it even mean to call a place home?
Bring a one-page (300 words or so) piece of poetry, short fiction, memoir, scenery, imagery, or other general writiness to share at the Salon on Saturday March 20th at 5PM. We'll read to each other and discuss our work and talk about writing.
Blank Pages Online February Salon: Body Parts
Saturday February 20th at 5PM (live Zoom)
Just because we're isolating doesn't mean we can't interact.
This month's prompt is:
Consider a part of your physical self, like your hair, your voice, your hands, etc. and regard it as a separate entity, with its own sense of agency and intention.
Bring a one-page (300 words or so) piece of poetry, short fiction, memoir, scenery, imagery, or other general writiness to share at the Salon on Saturday at 5PM. We'll read to each other and discuss our work and talk about writing.
This Month's Prompt: Your Happy Place
We'll get together on Saturday 1/16/21 at 5PM to share our work, chat about writing, and offer each other feedback and support. Bring a one-page (300 words or so) piece of poetry, short fiction, memoir, scenery, imagery, or other general writiness to share.
Here's a ZOOM LINK. See you there!
Let's use that as our writing prompt this month and we'll get together on Saturday 11/21/20 at 5PM to share our work, chat about writing, and offer each other feedback and support. See you Saturday at 5PM.
Nobel Laureate Louise Gluck tells us in her poem, "Nostos":
"We look at the world once, in childhood. The rest is memory."
Let's use that as our writing prompt this month and we'll get together on Saturday 10/17/20 at 5PM to share our work, chat about writing, and offer each other feedback and support. See you Saturday at 5PM.
Let’s have fun with Clichés!
Here are a few classic plot clichés. Pick one and write a 100(ish) word story (or poem, or script, or dialogue, or infographic) to break the cliché mold.
Submit your piece here (Leave a Reply) by 5PM on Saturday August 15th.
Read your fellow writers’ work and comment.
Feel free to tweak gender or plot or use another cliché or just make up your own thing.
John Smith is sitting in the park, feeding the squirrels, when a beautiful girl runs up, kisses him, and whispers, “Pretend you know me.”
It is the year 3030 and the Time Tourists are receiving their final instructions in the lounge of Time Travel Incorporated: “Remember,” says the guide, “do not try to bring back any souvenirs with you.”
Johnnie Smith is thirteen-years-old today and he’s been hinting for weeks that what he wants for his birthday is a brand-new bicycle, but nobody even says “Happy Birthday” to him and he is sure that everybody has forgotten his birthday.
Jane, the quiet, mousy, intelligent graphic designer mentions to her vivacious, buxom coworker that she’s interested in the new guy. The coworker says, “He looks like my kind of guy.”
Romance Part 2:
Two people meet. They dislike each other. They are thrust into a situation where they have to cooperate and subsequently fall madly in love, only to have a setback, which they overcome and fall even more madly in love.
Welcome to the Blank Pages Virtual Salon, May 16-17, 2020
Pandemic Playlist, or, The Music of Our Lives, or, Whistling in the Dark
In its own words, largehearted boy “is a literature and music website that explores that spot in the venn diagram where the two arts overlap.”
The site features playlists that authors create for a book they wrote, with a brief explanation for, or riff on, each song.
For this month’s salon, you have the choice to create a playlist of up to six songs that complement either a completed written work (your own or something personally significant), a project in progress, or the last six weeks of social distancing. Please tell us why, or tell us something. We're all ears.
Submit a response between noon on Saturday, May 16 and midnight on Sunday, May 17.
We miss you.
Welcome to the Blank Pages Virtual Salon!
Submit and respond from Saturday April 18th to Midnight Sunday April 19th
Given the continued constraints regarding social gatherings and interaction, we’re once again moving this show to the Blog with a prompt. We’re thinking about the world coming alive and this gorgeous spring we're experiencing (some of us through a window), and what nature means to us individually.
Here's your prompt: What element of nature would you choose as an emblem for yourself?
Enter your responses in the Comments section in any fashion you like: a poem, a stream of consciousness riff, a piece of flash fiction, an essay, etc. And don't forget to respond to your fellow writers—this is a conversation.
The Virtual Salon is Asynchronous, meaning we won't all be present at the same time. Come back over the course of the next day-and-a-half and read and respond to the ongoing conversation.
Welcome to Blank Pages Virtual Salon!
From Noon on Saturday March 21st to Midnight Sunday March 22nd
Given the prescribed constraints regarding social gatherings and interaction, we’re moving this show to the Blog this month (March 21) with a prompt. We’re thinking about freedom, what it means to us individually and collectively, and under what circumstances that meaning can shift.
Of course, recent events have significantly impacted what we might think of as freedom, but consider, too, other events and times in your life—a job, a new baby, some period of time in which your parameters were redrawn.
Enter your responses in the Comments section, in any fashion you like—a poem, a stream of consciousness riff, a piece of flash fiction, and respond to your fellow writers.
The Virtual Salon is Asynchronous (we’ll be hearing that word a lot), meaning that we don’t all have to be present at the same time. Come back over the course of the next day-and-a-half and read and respond to the ongoing conversation.
2.How important is freedom to you today? What do you give up for personal freedom, if anything (security, safety, relationships, etc.)? And, what do you think has most influenced your attitudes and beliefs regarding personal freedom?
And, of course, the punchline to the old joke is: Practice, practice, practice.
As a writer, what is your Carnegie Hall? Do you dream of getting your thriller on to the New York Times Bestseller List, or is quietly crafting a poem that speaks true to your heart and mind the pinnacle of your writerly ambition? I want to do what I love to do well, and often forget that well in my creative writing looks different given the day and an infinite set of variables. I commit to practice, to showing up, and that looks different given the day, too.
It’s November, and some of us are bellying up to the beast that is NaNoWriMo, the 30-day marathon toward 50,000 words, a month-long sprint in pursuit of that coveted achievement, the novel. I’ve had good experiences with NaNo, from creating the bones of what would become—with much more than a month’s work—my first published novel, to supporting others in their deep dive into practice. For that is what NaNoWriMo is to me, a baptism, of sorts, into serious practice. Are most of us likely to pound out 1,666.66 words every day for the rest of our writing lives? Not likely. But if you can do it for 30 days—in no way incidentally one of the toughest months to procure alone time, what with a major holiday and daylight savings and what-all nonsense—you’ve affirmed that you can make time to write.
And then there’s process, from the Latin, processus, a going forward. Your process may be distinct from another writer’s, but it takes a form, and proceeds best when fed with new challenges and inspiration. The November creative writing workshop at Blank Pages is entitled Process & Practice. We throw the word development into the description, from the French, déveloper, to unroll, or unfold. Like all our workshops, this one is designed to inspire that which wants to unfold with craft-specific prompts and other tools to take back to your practice, hone your process.
Whether you’re planning to participate in NaNoWriMo this month or no, our community offers a plethora of opportunities to touch base and practice the craft among your fellow creatives. Check out the calendar on writerscollectiveofcentraloregon.com, and join us for Process & Process November 2nd, as well as our come-one-come-all writers’ salon on November 16th, at The Workhouse.