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May 01 2019
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Photo writing prompt, May 2019

Photo writing prompt, May 2019

A shore at sunset–a place where all the elements converge, interact, affect one another. The waves shape the shore, erode and smooth stone. The sun paint colors on water and sky. The water enters the sky in clouds; the clouds rain back into the water. So many mirrors. The infinity of tide and horizon. In this photo, is infinity contained by the view through this pipe, or does it grow out of it? You could…

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Apr 01 2019
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Letter from the director, April 2019

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,…

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Mar 01 2019
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Letter from the director, March 2019

Letter from the director, March 2019

  Talk to me about the night sky, about late winter under stars speeding (hopefully) toward spring in the northern hemisphere, about the pending return of more light than dark, about the various points of light in this image, both natural and artificial. Who is this person? A stargazer? Explorer? Someone on the run? Is this person coming or going? Is this our world, or another–where are we? What do the stars, the winter trees,…

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Feb 01 2019
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Letter from the director, February 2019

Letter from the director, February 2019

  They are all frozen water, but no two snowflakes are exactly alike. Let’s talk about our differences, the traits, qualities, quirks, and so on that make us unique. Let’s talk about what “difference” and “uniqueness” mean–and for that matter, sameness, and what most humans have in common. What do you think about when you look at this image? Write about it.

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Jan 01 2019
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Letter from the director, January 2019

Letter from the director, January 2019

What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger.┬áDo you see the persistence of death and destructive forces or life and generative forces when you look at this picture? Is it one of warmth or coldness, defiance or acquiescence? Where is it? Who is seeing it? What do you think about when you look at this image? Write about it.

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Dec 01 2018
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Letter from the director, December 2018

Letter from the director, December 2018

Who is this creature, and how did you come upon her? Or did she come upon you–is she running from or toward her own threat? Is she a menacing figure that instills fear, or is she majestic, perhaps an animal guide, a companion? Is she an omen or a sentry, foe or friend? What makes you think so? What do you think about when you look at this image? Write about it.

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Nov 01 2018
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Letter from the director, November 2018

Letter from the director, November 2018

You can’t tell whether this leaf is still attached to a tree or has drifted to the soon-frozen ground, but you can see the intricate beauty of its veins, the damage its papery skin has endured, the bold color, the fragility, the persistence…all these competing forces contained in one iconic seasonal image-object. So. Look close. Do you see life or death? What do you think about when you look at this image? Write about it.

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Oct 01 2018
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Letter from the director, October 2018

Letter from the director, October 2018

Ah, a country road in the fall. Is this a road in, or a road out? What is it leading to or away from? What is that old fence holding in or keeping out? What do you see around the bend? What do you hear, smell, taste, feel? What do you think about when you look at this image? Write about it.

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Sep 01 2018
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Letter from the director, September 2018

Letter from the director, September 2018

Where are you going? Where have you been? What mark(s) will you leave on the world? What mark(s) have others left for you? Who left this footprint? How long do the footprints go on? Are they the only ones, or do they go where others have gone before? What do you think about when you look at this image? Write about it.

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Aug 01 2018
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Letter from the director, August 2018

Letter from the director, August 2018

Is this a positive or negative image? Do you see a bright future or a dark hole with escape just out of reach? Are you focused on up or down? How did the photographer get down in there, anyway, and how did they get out? Does the thought of a cave or underground enclosure make you feel warm and safe or claustrophobic? What do you think about when you look at this image? Write about…

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Jul 01 2018
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Letter from the director, July 2018

Letter from the director, July 2018

Are you feeling the heat, writers? How are you interpreting that phrase? Are you thinking about whether or not your air conditioner is working, or are you under pressure at work or even in your writing practice? What does this photo make you think about? How does the literal and figurative heat connect you with the rest of the world, the rest of the universe? Write about it in July. If you feel so inclined,…

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Jun 01 2018
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Letter from the director: June 2018

Letter from the director: June 2018

School is NOT out for the summer, if you’re a student at the Center for Creative Writing! We just started up a brand new session of our five-week online writing courses and students and teachers alike are flexing our creative muscles. Monthly photo prompt writing contest for email list subscribers! If you aren’t currently enrolled but want to write with us, we are also launching a new community-building project through our email list. Every first…

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