After a too-long hiatus, Writing in the Margins is back! Today marked the return of Patchwork Poetics, with a new approach for this round.
Rather than following our usual formula of three prompts within the session, with each prompt generating a discrete piece of writing, this round will be much more focused on generating a […]
For the first time, Patchwork will be focusing on poetry writing. Last session’s focus on fiction was a success and each of the participants generated some fantastic work – science fiction, magic realism, fantasy – and I’m looking forward to this session’s focus on poetry.
For anyone writing alongside at home, or considering registering […]
Good morningish, Patchworkers!
This recap is late, I apologize. Our last session was delightful, although/because so many of us were experiencing “brain not braining” issues. Our first prompt was from the book “The Writer’s Gym.” We revisited an existing piece of writing, and rewrote the story from the perspective of a non-point-of-view character. Our second […]
We had our final session of Patchwork yesterday, and although this was an entirely virtual session, it was still bittersweet for me. The gap of time where we’ve written together will be a present absence for me going forward – it was such a valuable experience for me, and I appreciated every word that you […]
Welcome to week five, Patchworkers!
This week we are writing about emotion – the glue that binds our stories together. Whether we are writing fiction or memoir (or even journalistic or academic non-fiction!) emotion is a necessary part of our writing, and can be a difficult element to get a handle on, especially if we […]
It’s Friday, and this is our Thursday prompt. In a solipsistic turn, we’ll take my time warp as our prompt:
Write about time.
This is an intentionally open-ended prompt, and you can take it in infinite directions. If it’s too broad, narrow it down to writing about lost time, forgotten time, confused time. Write about […]
Content note: The Smutty Story Circle is an 18+ writing event, and the writing prompts are often related to sex and sexuality. This post includes a story shared by one of our writers, which does include explicit sexuality.
Did you miss the Halloween Smutty Story Circle? Were you stuck at home in the snow storm, […]
Welcome to week four of Patchwork! We’re more than halfway through this session – it’s hard to believe we’ve been writing together for almost a month now!
This week we worked with Brian Bouldrey’s The Autobiography Box, which includes cards in four categories – Remember, Discover, Dramatize and Structure.
Although The Autobiography Box is specifically […]
A quick prompt for this Thursday afternoon –
“A patch of warmth in a chilly space…”
Feel free to rearrange the words, change the tense or the focus, invert the temperatures, or otherwise play with this prompt. Set your timers for fifteen minutes and find yourself a patch of warmth!
When you’re done, take a […]
It’s Tuesday, which means a writing prompt! And today, some “writing guidelines” from one of my favourite books, and a self-care exercise.
Your prompt for today is this:
“It was the most perfect writing spot imaginable…”
If you are continuing to work on autobiographical writing, you could use this prompt to write about where you’ve […]