Apr 01 2019
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Letter from the director, April 2019

Life is springing back everywhere you look, it seems. The egg is a primordial image, loaded with meaning. Do you think of baby birds when you look at this image, the mighty pine sheltering the nest from harm and the lingering chill? Or do you think, in broader terms, of the egg’s symbolism, of fertility and possibility? Does the vibrant blue of this tiny egg make you think of Easter egg hunts, or of Ostara, the holiday’s pagan origin? Perhaps you think of breakfast! The possibilities, the egg reminds us, are endless.

What do you think about when you look at this image? Write about it.

Monthly photo prompt writing contest for email list subscribers!

If you aren’t currently enrolled in a Center course (or even if you are!) but want to write with us, we host a community-building photo prompt writing project through our email list.

Every first of the month, my letter from the director will be the presentation of a photo. Using this photo as a prompt, our subscribers are invited to participate in our in-list writing challenge to see who can create a strong, detailed, feature-worthy response in under 500 words. (Subscribing gets you a FREE download of One Year of Weekly Writing Prompts, our Sunday emails brimming with tips and inspiration for writers, the occasional exclusive discount or package deal on Center offerings, AND access to this friendly-fun “contest,” so what are you waiting for?)

Once you’re subscribed, get writing! Copy and paste your response to the photo prompt into an email and send it (subject line “[Month] photo prompt submission”) before noon on the last day of each month. The winning submission will be featured in the first Sunday email of the incoming month, published along with a new photo prompt.

NEW: Submit for a chance to win $50!

To offer a bigger reward for writers who participate in our monthly photo prompt contest, beginning with the April prompt, every submission will be an entry into a drawing for the winner’s choice between 1) $50 off the Center course of their choosing, OR 2) a $50 Amazon gift card. Each month’s featured writer will get two entries into the drawing. I’ll draw twice a year, July 1 for submissions received January 1 through June 30, and January 1 for submissions received July 1 through December 31.

Remember, only email list subscribers can participate and will see each month’s selection, so sign up if you want to join us!

Happy writing,

Stacia M. Fleegal, Director