Writing Prompt: Dream Job

By Marilyn Friedman

It’s the last week to enter the comment contest for the best May/June story. So please sit down for ten minutes to write a story in the comments of any of the prompts from the last two months! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to having a little downtime and writing time during the 4th of July holiday. Before we are all busy attending firework displays and 4th of July BBQ’s, I have a few fabulous short classes left that you won’t want to miss in the next seven days.

They include Personal Essay, Pitch Letters, Freelance Journalism with Taffy Brodesser-Akner who has gotten 28 students published and writes regularly for the NY Times and all of the big magazines like Self and GQ, Literary Games with award-winning author Grace Krilanovich (Best Book of Year on NPR and Amazon), and Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writing with award-winning author Maureen McHugh (Best Book of 2011, Publisher’s Weekly). Sign up before they are full!

Scroll down for your writing prompt and to check out our list of upcoming summer classes. Hope to see you soon.

Classes June 25 – July 1st


Classes Starting July 9-14

Memorable Memoir Bootcamp: Make Your True Tales Thrilling

Addictive Fiction: Writing The Knock Out Novel

Writing Pad Events
Writers With Drinks

Other Journalism/Web Writing Classes
#FameSuccessLove: Harnessing The Power of Twitter

Other Fiction/Memoir Classes
Get Your Memoir Excerpt Published
A Novel Approach: Mastering The Long Form Story
It’s Story Time: Storytelling For Kids
Short Story Reboot: Rescuing Your Crashed Creation

Other Screenwriting Classes
Work The Room: Mastering The Power of The Cocktail Party Pitch
Writing A Pilot That Can Fly (Weekend Intensive)


Writing Prompt: This prompt is inspired by the freelance journalism classes we have happening this week as it is a dream of mine to someday be a full-time writer. Make a list of your top three dream jobs (or your fictional character’s dream jobs) or gigs that seemed like a dream job at first and then turned out to be nightmare jobs. 
Pick one of the dream jobs. Write down a few specific things that you imagined about this job. Who would you work with? What would you eat and drink? Feel free to exaggerate. Then write a sentence about what it’s probably really like. Write for 10 minutes about this job. Make sure to include the specific things you imagined about this job. Make sure to post your story in the comments of this blog to be entered into the May/June comment contest for a free class!

For instance, I would love to make my living naming the OPI nail polishes or by being a candy taster. Also, I always imagined that running my own writing school would be a dream job where I’d have endless free time to write, exercise and relax. I was surprised to learn that although running the Pad has some wonderful aspects, I rarely have enough enough time to blow dry my hair and drop off dry cleaning, not to mention sit still.

What’s your dream job? Write about it for 10 minutes, and you could win a free class!
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