Choose a title of a song you recently heard. Then, remember 5 words from the song. Write a story that incorporates both the title of the story (or you can use the title of the song as the working-title) and try to use at least 5 words from that song. The story doesn’t have to […]
Join me and write 14 microfiction stories inspired by my weird and original prompts! This will be a short, Xtremely intense, work generative class. There will be peer feedback from other workshop members and there will be some feedback from me. I can’t comment on all of the stories over the 2 weeks, but will […]
Life is real enough. Why make your stories conform? Let them live in dreams. The 4-week course will be held in 2 secret Facebook groups. Details: $80 for 4 weeks. Dates: November 10th – December 10th, 2017. For more information or to sign up for this course you can e-mail me with subject line “Shuffle […]
“Make up a story, screw around with it, paste junk on it, needle the characters, make them say queer stuff, go bad places, insert new people at inopportune moments, do some drive-bys.” – Frederick Barthelme The 4-week course will be held in 2 secret Facebook groups. Details: $80 for 4 weeks. Dates: November 10th – […]
Write a story in which a house, car, or town is a passive but important character. For example: In the film “Little Miss Sunshine” the dysfunctional van (that the whole family had to push) was one of the most lovable, reliably flawed characters.
Write a story involving both a rebellious act (or fantasy) and a secret. In Raymond Carver’s story “Fat”, the main character is a waitress who has grown inconveniently fond of an obese customer who treats her with kindness. She feels useful to him, and is enlivened by his presence. He is not easy to look […]
Autopilot: Don’t think about what you are writing, write as much as you can as fast you can without any editing or worry about grammar, spelling, story arc, or logic. Do it for as long as possible: one hour, two hours, three hours: don’t look back don’t look up.