Prompts

Again, try to limit your flash to 500 words.

1.  Write a nonfiction flash about a photograph where you address the person or people in the photograph directly. What would you tell them if you could?

2.  Write an apology to someone in your past. It may be someone who has died or with whom you’re no longer in touch. It may turn out to be an apology that’s not an apology at all. (Fiction writers my wish to write an outrageous apology—perhaps using an unreliable narrator, or a subject that stretches credulity.)

3.  Write a letter that you won’t send. Imagine you are a character in a work of fiction: what do we learn about you and about your recipient as we read between the lines of this nonfiction? What shortcuts can you take with backstory while still suggesting your history?

4.  Write a “hermit crab” essay using an outside form as a container for your story or situation. Some suggestions: an abecedarium where each line starts with a new letter of the alphabet (A-Z), a list of how-to instructions, a recipe, a poetic form adapted to prose.

5.  Write a letter or an apology or segmented lyric essay as a collage of fragments.