DRAFT WRITING PROMPT

By Antonia Crane and Marilyn Friedman

An opening paragraph that ties into the theme of the writing prompt:
Relieved the holidays are over? Not so fast. Where did you go for your winter break and why? More Americans than ever drove their cars instead of flying this year and Antonia followed suit. At the last minute, she decided to cancel her flight. She took a 12 hour road trip with the boyfriend up the coast to northern California through pouring rain, enchanting wine country and then a winding, dark wet forest towards the beckoning waves of Samoa Beach. Antonia spent the holiday season hanging out with her family,  devouring crab in a boatyard where her Step dad restores ships, and playing blackjack at an Indian Casino.

One paragraph pushing classes that are happening in the next week:
This coming weekend, you won’t want to miss DAME editor and former LA Times blog editor Margaret Wappler’s “Getting to “Like”: Crafting A Compelling Blog” to help you take your blog to the next level or start a blog that will stand out in cyberspace. Also, we are very excited about “YA Character Collage” with multi award-winning author Sherri L. Smith for your aspiring young adult writers, The Art of The Short Story with award-winning fiction writer Merrill Feitell, and Ideas Clinic For Magazines and Newspapers with successful journalist Taffy Brodesser-Akner who has helped 24 students get published and sell their essays so far!

Note: classes with an asterix (*) will be held at our new, posh Westside location in Westwood!

It’s Playtime: Writing for Kids (5 Week)
From Cheng Du to Timbuktu: Writing The Road Less Traveled (3 Day Intensive)

Children’s and YA Writing
YA Character Collage: Crafting Your Story From The Outside In*  
Creative Writing and Multi Genre
So You Want To Be A Writer
Finishing School*
Literary Games: Crafting the Conceptual Story*

Fiction, Memoir, and Romance
Memorable Memoir Bootcamp: Make Your True Tales Thrilling 
A Novel Approach: Tackling The Long Format Writing ProjectWriting In Series: Crafting Stories That Keep On Telling
Structure, Structure, Structure: Building The Foundation For A Killer Book or Movie*
Literary Games: Crafting the Conceptual Story*
I Love You Silly: Crafting The Perfect Romance
Fiction Bootcamp: Mastering The Art of the Tale Tale
 Journalism, Personal Essay and Web Writing
So You Want To Be A Freelancer*

Hook Ups, Break Ups, And Missed Connections: Writing The Relationship Essay
Query Letter Clinic: Writing The Pitch That Sells Your Story
You in 1200 Words: Writing and Publishing The Personal Essay*

Playwriting and Writing for Actors
Story Time: A Performed Essay Workshop
Screenwriting
Business Time: A Screenwriter’s Survival Skills WorkshopDream It, Write It, Pitch It: Screenwriting Bootcamp*
Structure, Structure, Structure: Building The Foundation For A Killer Book or Movie*
Punch It Up: Polishing Your TV Pilot (or Spec Script)
Dr. Eds Development Bootcamp: The Ten Page Workout*

INSPIRING PICTURE THAT GOES WITH WRITING PROMPT

Dragon Boat, Halong Bay, Vietnam

Writing Prompt:
1 sentence describing prompt encouraging them to make a list of 3 or 5 of that thing
Pick one.
1 sentence encouraging them to add a sensory detail to the thing
Example of what Marilyn or Courtney might write about

Repeat the writing prompt in a sentence:
“Write for 10 min. about _____, including the sensory detail. Then post your ten minute write in the comments of this blog to get entered into the contest for a free class!

Two bolded sentences reiterating the prompt in a short, vivid way and encouraging them to write it in the comments. . .Write about it in the comments of this blog to be entered in the contest for a free class!

 Writing Prompt:
Where did you land this Christmas and New Years? Did you go home or avoid home at all costs? Did you go on a fabulous overseas vacation or thrilling road trip? If this year was a bust, make a list of 3 memorable Christmas/New Year vacations. Pick one. Write down three specific details of the trip that you will always remember (e.g. For Marilyn it was: pork buns, sea of mopeds, computer rooms that looked like scenes from “Wonder Woman”).

Write for 10 min. about this memorable vacation, including the specific details. Then post your ten minute write in the comments of this blog to get entered into the contest for a free class!

What did you do this winter vacation? Write about it in the comments of this blog to be entered in the contest for a free class!