Writing Prompt: I Love BBQ

The crowd at our “Mad Men” panel
By Marilyn Friedman

60 people attended our TV Drama panel last Friday. It was a fantastic event with “Mad Men” writers Michael Saltzman and Jason Grote and “Monk”‘s Bill Rabkin!

For yet another thrilling Friday night, join us at our
TV Horror Panel with EP’s and writers Tim Minear and Lee Shipman of “American Horror Story” and “Hemlock Grove” on June 7th.

Before you get wrapped up in afternoon BBQ’s and excursions to the beach, don’t forget that we have a whole pack of classes starting after Memorial Day with award-winning writers including Essay Writing, Novel Writing, Picture Book Writing, Novel Series Writing, ScreenwritingOne-Person Show, TV Drama Writing, and Twitter. Sign up before you leave for the weekend and you’ll have a treat to look forward to when you come back home.

I hope to see your sun-kissed faces soon! Happy Early Memorial Day! Below are the latest class offerings, followed by a free writing prompt. 

Classes Starting May 30-June 6:


Other Classes:

Creative Writing/Multi-Genre
Fiction/Memoir

Journalism/Web Writing

Writing For Actors
Screenwriting



Writing Prompt:

Since Memorial Day weekend is just a few days away, here’s a writing prompt to get you in the holiday mood. Make a list of your 3 favorite BBQ items or the top 3 things you love about BBQ’s. Be specific. For instance, the first item on my list is grilled corn. There is nothing better than gnawing on ultra sweet corn on the cob grilled on the BBQ. It makes me so happy! If someone invites me to a BBQ and they mention that grilled corn is on the menu, I’m there.

Pick your one item off of your list. Now add a few specific details about why this thing is so great (e.g. ultra sweet taste, smoky grill marks, launches me back to lazy summers in my backyard in Chicago with just one bite, I hear the cicadas whining and feel the soft blades of grass under my toes). Now for 10 minutes, write a scene or story that includes this item or write an ode to this item, making sure to include at least one of the specific details. 


What do you love about BBQ’s? Don’t forget to share the results of your 10 minute write in the comments of this blog to be entered in the contest for a free class!