Writing Prompt – August 2013

 

It’s morning and you’re walking down the rain-soaked streets amid crowds of people who don’t hesitate to shove you out of the way to get where they are going. Suddenly you feel a tug on your arm and you’re pulled sideways until you come face-to-face with a man wearing a black hat and carrying an umbrella.

Why did he stop you?

Write a scene or story (500-750 words max.) and bring it with you to the meeting on August 17th. Be prepared to read it aloud (or have someone read it for you if you’re shy).

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July Mavens of Mayhem Meeting

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Hi all,

A reminder that our next Mavens of Mayhem/ Upper Hudson SinC meeting is this Saturday, July 20th at 10:30 am at the Bethlehem Public Library (451 Delaware Ave, Delmar). The library opens at 10:00 and I will try to have the door to the Community Room open by 10:15.
Our program this month is The Albany Paranormal Research Society. They will present the equipment and techniques they use in their investigations as well as the results of some cases.
We’ll have our business meeting immediately after and we have some exciting things to discuss, including the possibility of a joint event with the Book House on the Wednesday before Bouchercon as well as our new logo design.
The writing prompt for this month is:

According to the rumors, an old woman lives in the abandoned church down the road. They say she’s a witch, but you’d like to see for yourself. That why, on this bright and sunny day, you’ve decided to venture into the cool, damp building with a flashlight.

What happens?

If you choose to participate, write a brief scene/story (500-750 words max.) and be prepared to read it at the meeting.
Welcome to two new members: Carol Derfner and Tom Martin. I’ve attached an updated membership list that includes their contact information.
Also attached are the minutes from the June meeting and the sample of our new logo.
See you on Saturday!
Betsy

Writing Prompt for July 2013

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According to the rumors, an old woman lives in the abandoned church down the road. They say she’s a witch, but you’d like to see for yourself. That why, on this bright and sunny day, you’ve decided to venture into the cool, damp building with a flashlight.

 

 What happens?

write a scene/story (500-750 words) and bring it to the meeting and be prepared to read it aloud.

Writing Prompt for June

Nelson Algren was an American writer. He may be best known for The Man with the Golden Arm, a 1949 novel that won the National Book Award and was adapted as a 1955 film of the same name.  Born in 1909, he had three life rules:“Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own.”
 
Writing prompt: Write your protagonist’s three life rules.
 
Please bring your completed prompt to the June meeting and be prepared to read it aloud.
 
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Nelson Algren
 

April Writing Prompt


The writing prompt for April is: Patrick Macnee, best known as The Avengers ‘ Mr. Steed (pictured here with Diana Rigg’s Emma Peel) but who also played both Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (among dozens of similarly mysterious roles), he was born on February 6, 1922.

Writing prompt: Finish the scene that starts with this line from John Steed:

“Six bodies in an hour and twenty minutes. What do you call that?”

Bring your scene to the meeting and be prepared to read it out loud (or have someone read it for you if you’re shy).

February Writing Prompt

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For those that like to get a head start, here’s the prompt for February:

Write a 500-750 word story that leads to this last line:  “Yes,” I said, “Isn’t it pretty to think so.”

As always, bring your completed prompt and be prepared to read it aloud (or have someone read it for you if you’re shy!).