Category: Challenges

[Challenge] One More Visit to Emily Dickinson

The first stanza of one of Emily Dickinson’s poems reads: The sky is low, the clouds are mean, A travelling flake of snow Across a barn or through a rut Debates if it will go. Your challenge is to use the first two lines of Emily’s work but replace the last two with your own. Good luck!  Leave your poem below… Read more →

[Challenge] 140 Character Story

Following the lead from the Creative Nonfiction magazine, create a story in a single tweet of 140 characters. Enter your story in the comments section or over on my Facebook page. To give you a little inspiration, here are a couple of submissions from the Creative Nonfiction magazine contest. (Contestants had to use the #cnftweet hashtag). A splatter of red… Read more →

[Winner] Moby Dick Challenge

Author Cathy Presland was kind enough to agree to judge the Moby Dick contest. Cathy is a wonderful writer, as well as instructor. She’s currently running a holiday special on her five Udemy courses – 5 for $5. Read all about it on her Facebook page. As a reminder: The challenge was to write a new first line as a… Read more →

[Challenge] Finish Mark Twain’s Quote

Mark Twain, a native Missourian, was famous for his wit. Fill in the blank with your own thoughts. Twain’s original quote: To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. Fill in the blank: To succeed in life, you need two things ___________ and _________.   Write your words in the comments below.     Read more →

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[Challenge] Finish Emily’s Poem

I stole this idea from American Scholar. Using the first two lines of an Emily Dickinson (unfinished?) poem, readers were challenged to write the last two lines – being sure to use at least one  of Emily’s own writing conventions (dashes and capital letters).  Only two brave souls joined me.  Hoping for more next time. Read more →