Writing Prompt: Tell me about something you grew to appreciate or understand only in hindsight.

Something I Understood in Hindsight

“What a wonderful life I’ve had. I only wished I’d realized it sooner.” –Colette Tell me about something you grew to appreciate or understand only in hindsight.

Writing Prompt: What does this mean to you? What's the relationship between self-expression for its own sake and communication with your reader?

The Relationship Between Writer and Reader

“A poem begins with the writer and ends with the reader.” —Ellen Bass What does this mean to you? What’s the relationship between self-expression for its own sake and communication with your reader?

Writing Prompt: Write about a limitation you chose and how it affected your life.

A Limitation I Chose

“Limitation is what differentiates a flood from a lake. In the making of things, limitations allow you to choose from something rather than everything.” — Corita King Write about a limitation you chose and how it affected your life.

Writing Prompt: If my body could speak, it would tell me . . .

What My Body is Saying

“What is always speaking silently is the body.” –Norman Brown If my body could speak, it would tell me…

Forced to Surrender

“At fifteen, life taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.” –Maya Angelou Tell me about a time you had to surrender.

There is No Such Thing as an Uninteresting Life

“There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside the dullest exterior, there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.” –Mark Twain Tell me about a great dramatic moment in your life. A comedy. A tragedy.

When I Rest

“Too many people, too many demands, too much to do; competent, busy, hurrying people—it just isn’t living at all.” –Anne Morrow Lindberg What becomes available to me when I rest? Begin with the words, “When I rest . . .”.

What I Know

“There’s one thing your writing must have to be any good at all. It must have you. Your soul, your self, your heart, your guts, your voice — you must be on that page. In the end, you can’t make the magic happen for your reader. You can only allow the miracle of ‘being one …

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