Writing Prompt: Summer Tradition

By Marilyn Friedman

Fourth of July is almost here! My last class for a whole week is tomorrow night, and I can’t wait to have a little unfettered free time to write. I hope that you enjoy your holiday, and when you are done with the BBQ’s, weekends away, and fireworks, don’t forget that we have lots of exciting classes to make your July productive and inspiring. And in this sweltering heat, the refreshing air conditioning of Writing Pad East and West our homemade iced tea will keep your muse cool and comfortable.

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

Classes Starting July 9-14
Memorable Memoir Bootcamp: Make Your True Tales Thrilling

Writing Pad Events
Writers With Drinks
A Sexy Summer Night At Writing Pad

Other Journalism/Web Writing Classes
Personal Essay Punch Up 
Hello World, Welcome To My Blog
What Do You Think? Writing the Op-Ed or Cultural Essay
You’ve Been Featured: Writing The Mini-Feature or Interview
From Cheng Du to Timbuktu: A Travel Writing Workshop 
#FameSuccessLove: Harnessing The Power of Twitter

Other Fiction/Memoir Classes
Mini Novel Writing Bootcamp
Micro Short Stories: The Art of Flash Fiction
A Novel Approach: Mastering The Long Form Story
It’s Story Time: Storytelling For Kids
Get Your Book Published
Short Story Reboot: Rescuing Your Crashed Creation
Addictive Fiction: Writing The Knock Out Novel

Writing For Actors
Storytelling Bootcamp

Other Screenwriting Classes
Work The Room: Mastering The Power of The Cocktail Party Pitch
SNL Dossier: Your Ticket To The Big Leagues
Writing A Pilot That Can Fly (Weekend Intensive)

Writing Prompt: I don’t know about you, but my family had certain things we’d do ever summer. For instance, we’d often go to Wisconsin Dells, and my father and I would go paddle boating. Sometimes, we’d go to Lehigh Acres, Florida and we always saw fireworks on 4th of July. Back at home, we’d pick fresh cucumbers off their vines in our garden, wash them with a hose, and eat them whole. What were your summer family traditions?

Make a list of 3 summer traditions you had with your family (e.g. activities, vacation spots, foods). Pick one. Add a sensory detail (smell, taste, sound, touch). Now, write for 10 minutes about this summer tradition. Make sure to include the sensory detail and post your story in the comments of this blog to be entered into the July/August comment contest for a free class!

What were your summer traditions? Write about a summer tradition for 10 minutes, and you could win a free class!