Writing prompts and exercises can be the perfect way to move your writing project forward. Some of our members have shared their favourite writing prompts to spark your creativity.
Take 8 1/2” x 11” sheet of unlined paper and draw an overhead diagram of how you typically occupy a room, or defined area in public where there is no pre-assigned seating. It could be a café, a bus, a theatre, a classroom, etc. Draw the location of doors, windows, furniture, and significant objects and mark where other people sit/stand, then where you prefer to sit /stand.
When done, go to betsywarland.com to find out what may have do with what you are currently writing.
About Betsy Warland:
Betsy Warland is the author of fourteen books of creative nonﬁction, memoir, and poetry.
A leading mixed-genre writer, teacher, and manuscript mentor/editor in Canada, her collection of essays on writing, Breathing the Page—Reading the Act of Writing, became a bestseller in 2010. A second edition, with new material, will be released in 2023. Warland’s most enduring book, Bloodroot—Tracing the Untelling of Motherloss (2000), was released in a second edition in 2021, with a foreword by Susan Olding, and a long essay reﬂecting on the book twenty years later by Warland.
Reviews out of the US, Germany, and Canada have called Warland’s memoir, Oscar of Between—A Memoir of Identity and Ideas (2016,) “an achievement,” “a roman a clef,” “truly luminous,” and a “tour de
force.” In 2022, composer Lloyd Burritt’s street opera, “Camouﬂage Complex,” will premier in Vancouver, BC. The libretto, written by Warland, is based on Oscar of Between.
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