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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 420

Here’s the final prompt and poem of 2017; let’s make it a good one! For today’s prompt, write an elevated poem. Whether we’re talking elevators, elevator shoes, elevating for a slam dunk, or some other form of elevation, there’s o...

When Your Memoir Wants To Be A Novel

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] In our “Breaking In” column in Writer’s Digest magazine, we talk with debut authors—such as Anna Quinn, author o...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 419

For today’s prompt, write a “made sense at the time” poem. Historically, people have done a lot of things that made sense at the time that upon further reflection don’t make sense now. This is true in general (all humankind) and spe...

Four Things Students Need to Create Book Trailer Videos

This is an update of a blog post that I published about 16 months ago. The concepts are the same, but some of the resources have been updated.  Creating book trailer videos is a great alternative to a traditional written book report as...

Encouraging a Sense of Gratitude in Students

In the glittery bustle of the holidays, teachers often scramble to fit in last-minute lessons and refocus students dreaming of vacation excitement. It’s worthwhile to pause in the middle of all that excitement to build in reflective momen...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 418

For today’s prompt, write a thaw poem. The term thaw can be used in relation to food and the weather. But it can also relate to people and relationships as well. ***** Order the Poet’s Market! The 2018 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert ...

Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing

Chemistry seems to inspire a D mentality: A significant number of students just want to pass the class to meet their graduation requirement, and do it with as little effort as possible. Take Evelyn, for example. A junior in my chemistry cla...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 417

After a month of daily poeming, welcome back to the Wednesday Poetry Prompts! Recently, Dictionary.com dubbed “complicit” the word of the year for 2017. And sometimes, that’s all it takes to prompt a poetry prompt. For today’s promp...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Ottava Rima

Time for another WD Poetic Form Challenge–this time for the ottava rima! Find the rules for writing ottava rima here. Popular with English poets, this Italian 10-liner looks a lot like a French form. So start writing them and sharing here...

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