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"Meg Pokrass writes like a brain looking for a body. Wonderful, dark, unforgiving." — Frederick Barthelme

Vulnerability Buzzard

Write a story in which a character is vulnerable and another characters senses this and takes advantage of the situation. However, do NOT make the 2nd character “evil”, give that character depth. “Bad people” (even criminals) don’t see themselves as bad. In fact, they sometimes think of themselves as ‘heroic’. For an example, here’s my…
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Holiday Weirdness

Write a story about holiday weirdness. As an example, read “Baking” in Wigleaf, which also appears in my collection ‘Alligators At Night’.

Looking Forward to Something

Write a story in which a character invents stuff to look forward to while going through something difficult. As an example, here is my story “Summergun” from Wigleaf. 

Symbolic Creature

Write a story that involves a symbolic creature of some kind, one who takes on a very important role in the life of a character. The creature can be alive or dead, but if dead, still figures prominently in the story. Here is my story “Guarding the Heart” originally published by the University of Kentucky.…
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Strange and Important Lists

Write a story in which there are one or more lists as part of the text. Make the list(s) uncomfortably personal. Let the list(s) show us a lot about your main character. For example: what they want vs. what they need. Here is my story “Nights” in Superstition Review. This story was selected by Dan…
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