Stephen Fuller *** Poetry, Essays

The It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere Post: Visit the Go Dog Go Cafe for this month’s WRITER’S WORKSHOP with Tanya Cliff: Sally Packed Devilled Eggs, The “Deep-Holes” of Alice Munro

In these most unusual times, what better way to get through it than with a group of creative friends from around the world? We gather at the Go Dog Go Cafe daily for support and encouragement, but also for creative prompts and workshops. Last month we welcomed a marvelous new barista in Tanya Cliff who had us measuring twice and cutting once with her Writing Workshop Saturdays!

She is back at it this month, inspired by one of her literary heroes, Alice Munro. Head over the the cafe for the rest of the story, but here is the most appropriate for these times prompt…

For the moment, we are all sequestered on islands of our own making. In the spirit of that, I invite you to write a short piece (150-300 words) with the following parameters:

1. Isolate your protagonist/s on an island of their own making. This could range from a remote picnic, a cabin retreat, a self-isolating pandemic, or anything you can imagine that puts your character/s in self-isolating circumstance. You can write about your own experience and make this a non-fiction piece if you want.
2. Have your protagonist/s pack, take, store, or purchase something unexpected to get them through the time. State why it is contrary for the character. “She packed deviled eggs—something she usually hated to take on a picnic because they were so messy.”
3. Have fun. Don’t stress. Make mistakes. Allow yourself some extra words to freely explore your subject, maybe dive in a bit deeper to the “unexpected” than you had planned.

Jump in this week and have a wicked awesome time!

While you are at it, visit this post for last month’s final projects:  Writing Workshop One

Now… wash your hands.

Stephen

Go Dog Go Café

Sally packed devilled eggs—something she usually hated to take on a picnic, because they were so messy. Ham sandwiches, crab salad, lemon tarts—also a packing problem. Kool-Aid for the boys, a half bottle of Mumm’s for herself and Alex. She would have just a sip, because she was still nursing. She had bought plastic champagne glasses for the occasion, but when Alex spotted her handling them he got the real ones—a wedding present—out of the china cabinet. She protested, but he insisted, and took charge of them himself, the wrapping and packing.

You can enjoy the rest of the story here:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2008/06/30/deep-holes

In order to be a good writer, you must spend time reading great writers. Alice Munro is one of the best. A prolific short story writer, Alice Munro thought she would eventually write novels. Instead, she has provided the world with an amazing body of short form work…

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