"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…"
"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…"
second half of your blog post (I guess I am limited to 5000 characters)
Four empty chairs are lined up in front of a coffee shop. One can’t help wondering why the chairs are empty. Did something happen that caused the former occupants of the chairs to flee? Who were these people? What were they thinking? Where did they come from? Did they speak the same language?
Keywords:leisure, danger, abandoned, empty
Challenges: 1. Write descriptions of each of the four people who might have occupied the chairs. 2. Write a monologue in which you describe one or more of the chair’s occupants fromthe point of view of one of the chairs. 3. Reveal the thoughts of someone who had sat in one of the chairs.
Possible opening lines:
A.At first I was happy to find a delightful coffee shop in Rome that wasn’t
crowded with tourists. But when I settled into the a chair in front of the shop, my day was
B. Rui finished arranging the four chairs and stepped back into the shadow of the
café awning. He leaned against the door jamb and glanced along the thoroughfare. He scanned
the crowds for the middle aged woman who would order an espresso and sit in the third chair
most days. Rui glanced at his watch, 10.50, it wouldn’t be long.
Another Helpful Source for Inspiration
For more photos and information not included in this blog, please visithttp://www.prufrock.com/Reflect-and-Write-P1752.aspx. Reflect and Writecontains 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. 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 (Prufrock Press, 2013), 153 pages, $24.95.
Hi Hank...I am pasting your blog post below and am hoping you will re-post it in the "Photos to Inspire Writing" group. If you do that, I will draw everyone's attention to it in a message broadcast to all 23,000+ members; I have reserved the main blog for the lessons of the month since people keep telling me it's harder to find them.
If one picture is worth a thousand words, can the same picture inspire a thousand words?
What do you do when your brain becomes oatmeal, your fingers become lead, and you watch the cursor on your monitor blink endlessly without moving even one millimeter? Brew another cup of coffee? Vacuum the rugs? Take the dog out for a walk? Pray for inspiration?
“I wasn’t born to vacuum rugs,” writes Elizabeth Guy, poet, storyteller, and co-author ofReflect and Write. “That’s why, when my brain turns to stone while I struggle for new ideas, I use photographs for inspiration.”
A New Photo Every Week
Whether you’re a teacher, a student, an aspiring writer, a professional writer, or a poet, you’ll discover that the photos and ideas posted here during the coming weeks will help you overcome the dreaded “writer’s block,” while at the same time inspiring you to create new and exciting works of prose and poetry.
Sometimes direct quotations will accompany the photos. At other times, suggested first lines will serve as motivation for writing. Occasionally, specific suggestions will present challenges. From time to time, keywords will stimulate ideas. For even more information about using photos to inspire writing, click on these links: www.creativity-portal.com/prompts/kellner/ and ebowmanguy.blogspot.com.
Please note: feel free to download the photos for your personal use as inspiration; for use in classrooms or workshops; or for use in your blog with credit to Hank Kellner and a link to hank-englisheducation.blogspot.com. For commercial use please contact the author for rates. For information about and to purchase Reflect and Write: 300 Poems and Photos to Inspire Writing,please visit at http://www.prufrock.com/Reflect-and-Write-P1752.aspx. Photos by the author.