The Prompt Group

  • April 23, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • Bernie Pratt's Coach House

Welcome to the Evanston Writers Workshop Prompt Group.  One of two foundational programs of EWW, the Prompt Group is peer-led and takes place the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.  Members are invited to come with a pen and paper or a laptop and practice getting onto the page.  We share between three and six prompts a night, and write from between 5 to 20 minutes for each.  Writers are welcome to read out loud or not, as they choose; feedback is meant to be positive and call out phrases or word choices that stick out and please the ear.  This is not a time for critique, this is a time for practicing the process.  Writers are not required to share what they write out loud; getting onto the page is more important than performing.

If you have favorite prompts that you'd like to share with the group, please sign up to bring them for one of the meetings.  We are peer-led, which means folks have the opportunity to share their own ideas about what works for them.  Prompts can include specific direction, pictures, first/last line, or anything else that lends itself to writing.  Some suggested sources include Natalie Goldberg's book Writing Down the Bones, Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird:  Some Instructions on Writing and Life, and Christina Baldwin's Life's Companion:  Journal Writing as a Spiritual Quest.  You can also search the internet for "writing prompts" and there's a goldmine of material available.

If you are looking for new material to renew your writing process, some fresh ideas to incorporate into your projects, or just want to get some practice writing, then please join us.  Bring a pad of paper and a pen, or your favorite laptop, and take away inspiration and new ideas to tap into your creative flow.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice to be back amongst you, and looking forward to our next meeting.

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • Sonya K.

    Bummer that I missed this! For some reason I thought I signed up for the one in May? LOL. Hope to meet you next time.

    April 24, 2014

  • Penny M.

    Nice to meet our new people, Rick and Monique. Lots of good work tonight! Thanks.

    April 23, 2014

  • Michael M.

    Bernie, At just past 7 this evening I knocked on the doors(both the door up and the door straight ahead) of 1025 Sherman, rang the bell, the dogs barked (maybe even the well trained dog on the porch, maybe it barked, too) but, alas, Bernie, tell me, did I get the date for the meeting wrong? And until I got close to 1025 I thought I was headed for a secluded cafe set well off the street. So many things I do not know and needing a prompt, I remain.

    April 23, 2014

    • Penny M.

      Sorry you were left out in the cold. The meetings are actually in the building BEHIND Bernie's house. Follow the little walkway to the left of the house, go through the gate and past the garage. The coach house is in the back. Take the stairs in the lefthand door up to the office. Hope you can make it next time. The dogs are exceedingly friendly if they are out, not to worry. They bark because they want to play.

      April 23, 2014

  • Deb G.

    I can't believe that I thought today was Wed. & rushed over to Bernie's Coach house to find no one there ! But then I was glad to have an open evening to get some things done. See you all tomorrow !

    April 22, 2014

  • Monique T.

    I am so happy and excited to have found your group. See you all soon! --Monique

    April 8, 2014

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