Classes are modeled on the Amherst Writing Method, which uses timed writing prompts.
Prompts can be almost anything--a quote, poem, visual image, object or piece of music. Engaging with a variety of prompts helps you discover new inspiration.
Timed writing prompts usually last 10 to 30 minutes. When writing stops, you are invited (but never required) to share your work with the group.
Group members may offer positive responses to shared writing. (This can take a bit of practice.) Positive responses can include:
Read the poem "Where I'm From" by George Ella Lyon. Without looking back at the original, list the images that stuck in your mind. Write a poem that begins "I am from..."
"I am from clothespins,
from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride.
I am from the dirt under the back porch....."
Write into the image.
What happens next?
What happened thirty minutes earlier?
Make a list of things you bury. Choose one.
Begin to write...