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Literary – February 24

One of my favorite painters, Winslow Homer, was born on this date in 1836. Writing prompt: Describe his painting The Coming Storm in the voices of your protagonist and your antagonist.

Journaling + Fiction – February 24

“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”J.R.R. Tolkien Journal prompt: Spend at least 20 minutes writing about the differences between a time you had to make a judgment call that turned out wrong and another time you had to make a judgment call that turned out...

Big Questions – February 24

What’s the ideal profile of a person you’d like to spend time with? Journaling prompt: Spend 15-20 minutes writing your answer in the spirit of exploring yourself and the world around you. If you can answer with a simple “yes” or “no,” explain the sources or implications of your response. Fiction writing prompt: Write a scene that forces a character in your story to answer the question, or spend 15-20...

Romance – February 24

“He wanted to think of words that would make some difference but there were none in any language he knew that were sufficient to the moment or that would change a single thing.” -Kent Haruf, born this date in 1954. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which words fail your protagonist.

Mystery – February 24

The body of Laura Palmer was discovered in Twin Peaks on this date in 1989. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist solves one mystery that reveals a bigger one.

SciFi/Fantasy – February 24

Abe Vigoda was born on this date in 1921. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist meets a person everyone thought long dead.

Secondary – February 24

Explain the reason for your answer to this question: Which is more important to the world — art or science?

Primary – February 24

Wilhelm Karl Grimm was born in Hanau, Germany on this date in 1786. He and his brother Jacob compiled the first book of folklore: Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Write a short fairy tale that might help young people learn something about life.

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