Prompt Prose

Walk to the back of the La Jolla Library any Thursday between noon and one o’clock and you will find a group of people writing feverishly, reading aloud to each other and – sometimes – laughing uproariously.

The members of this group are devotees of Pen To Paper, a drop-in writing workshop led by Diane Malloy of San Diego Writers, Ink. I have been a Pen To Paper regular since January 2012.

At the start of each session, Diane gives the group a “prompt” – sometimes a picture, at other times a sentence or situation – and a time limit (usually 15 or 20 minutes). We write whatever comes to mind as a result of the prompt, and then we share our stories with the group.

And now I’m sharing some of them with you.

From time to time, I’ll be posting a short piece of Prompt Prose, sometimes together with a brief explanation of the words or picture that triggered the story. Many of these stories are entirely fiction; others are based on real people or events. Please visit my Prompt Prose blog and follow my new writing venture by email or RSS feed.

The Runaway (November 11, 2012)

That Book (November 18, 2012)

Mardi Gras (November 25, 2012)

Transported (December 2, 2012)

Still Waters (December 9, 2012)

Twenty Candles Snuffed (December 14, 2012)

November Morning (December 22, 2012)

The Fiscal Cliff (December 30, 2012)

Dog’s Ear (January 14, 2013)

Dierdre Goes To Manhattan (January 19, 2013)

Punintended Consequences (January 27, 2013)

Murder At The Marriott (February 3, 2013)

The Quest (February 9, 2013)

Treasure Hunt (February 16, 2013)

The Collector (February 23, 2013)

Piecework (March 2, 2013)

Memories of a Veteran (March 9, 2013)

Memories of a Veteran – Conclusion (March 16, 2013)

My Zaide’s Tears (March 24, 2013)

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