A Poem for You: A Hymn to the Evening


A Hymn to the Evening BY PHILLIS WHEATLEY Soon as the sun forsook the eastern main The pealing thunder shook the heav'nly plain; Majestic grandeur! From the zephyr's wing, Exhales the incense of the blooming spring. Soft purl the streams, the birds renew their notes, And through the air their mingled music floats. Through all the heav'ns what beauteous dies are spread! But the west glories in the deepest red: So may our breasts with ev'ry virtue glow, The living temples of our God below! Fill'd with the praise of him who gives the light, And draws the sable curtains of the [...]

A Poem for You: A Hymn to the Evening2020-10-19T16:23:21-04:00

Prompt for the Week: 9/28/20


Prompt for the Week "The New York Times’s recent “More Than a Meal” series featured essays by renowned writers about memorable meals experienced in restaurants at a time when reminiscing about dining out has been the restaurant goer’s solace. The meals described range from Ruth Reichl writing about a fancy restaurant in Paris, to Samantha Irby writing about the Cheesecake Factory, to Alexander Chee writing about waiting tables at a Theater District restaurant in Manhattan. Write a scene that takes place in a restaurant. Is this the first time your character has dined out in a long time, or does she frequent this [...]

Prompt for the Week: 9/28/202020-06-30T15:04:58-04:00

An opportunity for writers!


“Your Favorite Spot,” is a new short video series from the Office of Sustainability, in which Princeton University students, faculty, and staff write about their favorite outdoor spot on campus and, through the magic of video, are transported there. This series is narrated by Claire Wayner '22. Videos are produced by Jared Flesher. The first video features a submission from Wesley Wiggins '21, a Geosciences major from Washington, DC, who wrote about his experience watching the sunrise over Carnegie Lake. Watch and Share on Facebook and YouTube. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, so please share the form and submit your writing.

An opportunity for writers!2020-09-23T12:31:07-04:00

Online Events for Writers: September 2020


Even though we sometimes tire of the "Zoom World," it does have advantages. For example, you can attend a literary event anywhere in the world from your own home! We have found many, many online events and classes. Please share any events you find too. Here are links to a few different groups presenting literary inspiration through your computer: Books Are Magic Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY https://www.booksaremagic.net/?q=h.calevents Poets and Writers (Writers' resource) https://www.pw.org/calendar?field_event_online_value=2&field_event_date_value2%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=09%2F22%2F2020&field_event_date_tz_value2%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=09%2F22%2F2020&metroarea%5Bcity_autocomplete%5D=Asheville%2C+NC&metroarea%5Bhidden_latitude%5D=35.60095&metroarea%5Bhidden_longitude%5D=-82.55402 Labyrinth Books, Princeton, NJ https://www.labyrinthbooks.com/events The 92nd Street Y, New York, New York (Arts venue) https://www.92y.org/insider?utm_campaign=branded1&utm_content=ad1&kxconfid=uz0c28o2j Narrative 4 (non-profit literary arts organization) https://narrative4.com/

Online Events for Writers: September 20202020-09-23T12:19:47-04:00

Prompt for the Week: 9/21/20


Prompt for the Week “What’s in your guts, in your muscles, in your blood?” asks Sarah Bellamy in her Paris Review essay “Performing Whiteness” in which she uses her experience as a stage director to examine the ways in which racial trauma and sentiments are manifested in our physical bodies. “Bodies arrive written with racial scripts that inform the meaning of gesture, stillness, and movement onstage.” Write a personal essay in which you focus on the way you move your body in the world and how those physical gestures and subtle movements inform who you are. What kind of tension, freedom, joy, [...]

Prompt for the Week: 9/21/202020-06-30T15:06:19-04:00

Prompt for the Week: 9/14/20


Prompt for the Week "In response to the increasingly searing and muggy days, a recent Bustle article detailed the effects of humidity on the body. “You may feel more uncomfortable on a humid day because your body is not as easily able to evaporate the sweat on your skin, due to the moisture in the air,” says physician assistant Christina L. Belitsky, adding that “evaporation of sweat on our skin is our body’s way of naturally cooling us down in warm temperatures.” Write a poem where you discuss an aspect of how the body—internal organs, skin, or your own joints—functions in [...]

Prompt for the Week: 9/14/202020-06-30T14:56:57-04:00

Prompt for the Week: 9/7/20


Prompt for the Week "Who were you when you first fell in love with writing? In “Be Bold,” Rigoberto González’s profile of Ocean Vuong in Poets & Writers Magazine, Vuong describes the importance of consistently reminding himself of who he was when he first discovered his passion for writing, explaining, “I bring him to the present, not the person who won the awards—he has nothing to teach me.” Spend some time thinking of the person you were when you first came to writing. What were your intentions? What did writing provide that nothing else did? Write an ode to your younger, novice [...]

Prompt for the Week: 9/7/202020-06-23T15:40:59-04:00

Prompt for the Week: 8/31/20


Prompt for the Week “We think of the walls of a house as defining our domestic space, but in the novel these boundaries start to soften, for inside the house it’s as wild as outside,” says Chia-Chia Lin about her debut novel, The Unpassing (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019), in an interview with Yaa Gyasi in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine. In the novel, an immigrant family lives in a house in Alaska and deals with isolation, grief, and the vulnerability of the house to infiltration. Write a short story in which the stability of a house as a domestic [...]

Prompt for the Week: 8/31/202020-06-23T15:36:28-04:00

Prompt for the Week: 8/24/20


"When’s the last time you took a really close look at an insect? In Aliens Among Us: Extraordinary Portraits of Ordinary Bugs (Liveright, 2020), photographer Daniel Kariko uses a scanning electron microscope and a stereo microscope to present extreme close-up photographs of insects—beetles, flies, centipedes, bees, wasps. Browse through some of Kariko’s photos, and write a poem inspired by the surprising details you discover in these portraits. Focus on reflecting texture, color, and the form and function of insect bodies into the fabric of your poem." (from Poets & Writers)

Prompt for the Week: 8/24/202020-06-23T15:33:27-04:00

Prompt for the Week: 8/17/20


Prompt for the Week "Inside the Actors Studio, hosted for twenty-two seasons by the late James Lipton, began as a craft seminar for students of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York. Now a well-known network television show, famous actors, writers, and directors are interviewed, and a questionnaire is submitted to the guest. This list of ten questions, meant to reveal deep truths about one’s psychology, includes: “What is your favorite curse word?” “What sound or noise do you hate?” and “If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the [...]

Prompt for the Week: 8/17/202020-06-23T15:31:13-04:00
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