Primary – December 12

Gustave Flaubert, born on this date in 1821, said, “The future is the worst thing about the present.” What do you think he meant when he said...

Secondary – December 12

The first Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, John Jay, was born on this date in 1745. He was also co-author of the Federalist Papers. He wrote in Georgia v. Brailsford (1794), “The jury has the...

Literary – December 12

“You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies.” –Gustave Flaubert, born this date in 1821. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s best friend...

Romance – December 12

Old Blue Eyes, Francis Albert Sinatra, was born on this date in 1915. He believed in cocking his hat because “angles are attitudes.” Writing prompt: Write a scene from the point of view of your...

SciFi/Fantasy – December 12

On this date in 1980, Armand Hammer bought a 36-page Leonardo da Vinci notebook from 1508 for $5.28 million. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist learns a painful lesson about how people...

Mystery – December 12

The Mona Lisa was recovered in Florence after having been stolen two years earlier from the Louvre. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which something of inestimable public value disappears and your protagonist...

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