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Figment: The Best Gift a Young Writer Could Get

Figment is a multidimensional, online writing resource that's truly a gift for any writer seeking a sense of community. It's geared toward young adult voices, but in our estimation, Figment would be useful to writers of all ages. It also happens to be a beautiful website and a perfectly acceptable procrastination device. Here's what you can do with it:

Writing Prompt Thursday: Stanzas, Mettle, and Vowel Sounds

The following poetry prompt comes from the Poets & Writers series, "The Time is Now." This prompt is a very specific challenge to write a poem that adheres to a set of formal rules.

Writing Prompt Thursday: Playing with Fire

Today's prompt is modified from Brian A. Klems's prompt in Writer's Digest:

You come across a pack of matches that sets off a series of uncanny events. Start your poem with “My mother always told me not to play with fire.”

Writing Prompt Thursday: Poetry Prompts for Fall

Today's poetry prompts are from WritingForward.com and are designed to generate poems about fall.

Below, you’ll find three lists of words. Your task is to compose a poem using all of the words from one of the lists. You can also get creative any use any of the following alternatives:

Writing Prompt Thursday: The Truth

This writing prompt is inspired by creativewritingprompts.com (#58). Courtesy of Heather Simons.

A drunk man sits next to you in a bar and starts confessing "the truth." Write a poem that embodies or narrates "the truth," or write a poem from your perspective as the listener.



Poem of the Week: "A Breath of Air" by James Wright

This week's featured poem comes with a writing prompt. #bonus
Courtesy of Heather Simons, Program Manager for PEN in the Classroom.

A Breath of Air
by James Wright

Writing Prompt Thursday

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Every Thursday, The Mark Blog will post a writing prompt from a PEN staff member, a Mark Poetry faculty, a Mark participant, or from one of our favorite writing websites. This week's prompt comes from Louderarts.com and is by Victoria McCoy:

"The Time is Now": Poetry Prompts from Poets & Writers Magazine

Poets & Writers provides a whole range of resources for writers, among them a weekly offering of creative writing prompts. Poetry prompts go up on Mondays, fiction on Thursdays. Today, the Write Now prompt goes a little something like this: