Assignment 6 – Home


Write a 200-300 word essay/story beginning describing the moment a character/narrator is departing (home? the country? a party?). What are the sensory details that would be noticed upon this moment of departure? We lost our home in Sacramento a year after the market crashed, and the housing industry came crumbling down, and somewhere in between … Continue reading Assignment 6 – Home

Assignment Nine – Made Up Story


In 250-500 words, evoke a scene (from memory, or made up) in which the narrator faces a problem.  The problem need not be solved by the end of the scene, but show us how the narrator (you, or a made up 1st-person narrator) reacts to the circumstances.  Action is character! I transferred the last installment … Continue reading Assignment Nine – Made Up Story

Assignment Eight – The Dresser


Write the first 250-500 words of a story or essay in which you’re describing an object you saved from a burning house.  Without describing explicitly what that object means to you (to your narrator), let the images themselves, and story or stories you tell about the object, imply the object’s significance. I’ve never had to … Continue reading Assignment Eight – The Dresser

The Power of A First Time…


I love a fun and quick challenge to jot down your thoughts about a topic assigned in a classroom: