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Two Women

In one of these photos a woman dressed in white stands before an outdoor bulletin board, her back to the camera. In a second photo a woman dressed in jeans sits on a fence. Both women appear to be engrossed in something they’re reading.

    Who are these two women? What are they like? What are the similarities or differences between them? What would they say to each other if they were to meet? What are their families like? Their occupations? Their hopes and dreams? What is the man in the background of the second photo thinking? Those are but a few of the many questions that can serve as inspiration for writing.

 Possible Writing Assignment:  The two women shown in the photos meet by chance in a coffee shop and discover that they are distant relatives. Write a composition in which you reveal the conversation that takes place between them.

Keywords: isolate, reading, women, onlooker

Suggested Opening Lines: When I looked across the coffee shop and saw the woman hunched over her laptop, I was sure I knew her.


A Collection of Poems and Photos Designed to Help Inspire Writing

         contains more than 300 poems and photos; keywords; quotations; either “Inspiration” or “Challenge” prompts; a “Themes to Explore” section; a “Twelve Ways to Inspire Your Students” section; a special “Internet Resources” section, and more. This collection will help stimulate discussion that will trigger meaningful writing at many levels.  Includes CD with photos and poems from the book.

    Reflect and Write: 300 Poems and Photos to Inspire Writing by Hank Kellner and Elizabeth Guy , ISBN 978-1-61821-023-4, Prufrock Press, 2013, 153 pages, $24.95. See more and order at http://www.prufrock.com/Reflect-and-Write-P1752.aspx.




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I just got my copy of Reflect and Write and I love it so much that I'm having a hard time not starting to use it RIGHT NOW!  But, we only have 4 regular class days left before exam week and those are chock full of end-of-year reading conferences.  Thank you so much for sharing on this ning!  I will be incorporating your prompts in both my middle-school and high-school creative writing workshops.

Hello Terrie,

   Thanks for your kind words. You'll find many more suggestions for inspiring writing at my blog, http://hank-englisheducation.blogspot.com, and at www.creativity-portal.com/prompts/kellner/reflect.write/

   Have a wonderful summer.


PS Where can I find information about your workshops?

They're both new additions to our school for next year, so I'm still in the process of figuring out how I'm going to run them.  They've classified my high-school CW workshop as a Fine Arts elective which adds another wrinkle to my planning because now the kids will have to actually produce four complete projects rather than just exploring their words and ideas.  Eventually, I'm hoping to build a website or blog for my students (or others) to access assignments and handouts, but that's definitely a summer project!




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