Writing Prompt – Getting Nostalgic About The 80’s

By Sophia Kercher

Do you remember a time when boom boxes were awesome, cellphones didn’t plague the ears of society, and being a stalker didn’t involve Facebook? We do and it was called the 80’s! The decade that conjures up tales of PacMan, shoulder pads, and Michael Jackson jackets. Did you wear a terrible poofy gown to prom? Did you lust after Phoebe Cates in Fast Times at Ridgemont High? Was “tubular,” “gnarly,” or “gag me with a spoon” part of your vocab? Or maybe you fell for Michael J. Fox and his smooth skateboarding skills in Back To The Future? Get nostalgic with us at our upcoming event this Sunday night!

And keep your pen moving with our exciting line-up of fall classes:

So You Want To Be A Writer? (Wed. p.m.’s, Sat a.m’s, in Sept. and Oct., Online in Oct.)
Finishing School (Wed. p.m.’s, Sat a.m’s in Sept. and Oct.)
Get Your Webisode On (Sun. p.m.’s in Oct.)
Short and Sweet 4 Wk (Tues. p.m.’s in Oct.)

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Writing Prompt:
Make two lists. For the first list, write down ten of your favorite things from the 80’s including fashion trends, music, and movies. Consider items that you wore (remember those rad acid jeans?), photographs of your crazy Aunt Sue’s hot pink sweater dress, or your mom’s boxy work blazers.  Don’t forget to include your favorite Madonna song and Star Wars movie! Pick one of the items from your list and add a sensory detail to it (smell, taste, sound, touch). Then write a story, poem, or scene about it, including the sensory detail. Write for 10 minutes, then post your write in the comments of this blog!

For example
: In high school I watched Sixteen Candles on loop with my best friend Merril. We were convinced that the movie’s Jake Ryan was the perfect man. We shouted, “We love you Jake!” at the television whenever he walked into a scene. To this day, I compare all of my boyfriends with the 80’s dreamboat (sigh!). What memories of 80’s pop culture or style make you smile?

Comment on this blog! Write about your favorite thing from the 80’s (fashion items, movies, music, etc.). Post your 10 minute write in the comments, and you could win a free class!

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