OCWW Summer Prompt Session

  • August 25, 2016
  • Bobbie Ruby's Home, Skokie/Evanston, IL

OCWW Summer Prompt Session

Bobbie Ruby will lead the Prompt Session as part of OCWW Summer Program.

WHAT'S A PROMPT SESSION?

The leader gives a word or a phrase, usually something that can be taken many ways. The writers think for about fifteen seconds and then start writing whatever the subconscious presents. You don't think, you just write. Spelling and grammar do not count. No one else will see your paper. At the end of the writing time, we each read what we wrote, then we go around quickly and each person tells the author a word or phrase or image that was strong or vivid, or resonated. Resonance, it calls up in the reader a memory, or a feeling, or an experience that says the writing rings true and they will be willing to follow you into the place you are creating.

THIS IS DIFFERENT FROM A CRITIQUE GROUP.

You don't bring any already-written material. You don't know ahead of time what the prompt will be. But you get helpful, supportive feedback and positive reinforcement for the things you are doing well. Prompts help you get past your internal editor or critic. They open memory drawers for both the writer and the reader. You can explore a prompt in your own voice as memoir or nonfiction or in the voice of a character in your fiction writing. It's a great way to discover back story, and also a sneaky way to break writer's block.

WHO IS BOBBIE RUBY AND WHY IS SHE DOING THIS?

Bobbie is an OCWW board member and longtime member of OCWW. She usually writes under her birth name Roberta Bard. She has written and edited for several text book companies, published a YA biography of Sir Francis Drake for Scholastic, and short stories in Woman’s World, Cobblestone, and Twilight Tales. Her hymn lyrics won a national prize. She has led critique groups and prompt sessions in several venues.

*WHEN: August 25th from 9:30-12:00. Each session stands alone. Please email Bobbie if you are coming to be sure we have enough chairs.*

WHERE: At Bobbie Ruby's home near Golf and McCormick (TJ Maxx) in Skokie. Email her at rubybard@earthlink.net for directions

COST:

*Prompt sessions are free, but you must be a member of OCWW.* If you paid your membership for 2015-2016 it includes these summer sessions. If you are paying your membership for 2016-2017 it will include this summer and also summer 2017.

WHAT DO I BRING:

Bring something to write with and something to write on. That's it.

*EMAIL BOBBIE RUBY if you are interested in attending the Prompt Session. rubybard@earthlink.net*

Best wishes for a wonderful summer from your friends at OCWW! 

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