Don’t Write Alone: Free Write

Divining Your Divergent Interests: The Card Oracle Method

The oracle part sounds mysterious, but it just means drawing cards from a shuffled deck and treating the results as an answer key for generating new writing.

Mar 23, 2022
Magical Realism and Cultural Context

Learn how to devise a rough concept for a magical realist story with this prompt from classes instructor Jessica Reidy.

Mar 03, 2022
Creation by Negation

Thwart your own impulses toward one genre or another with this generative writing exercise from Ben Purkert.

Feb 01, 2022
Speculative Artist’s Statement for Queer Writers

Try out Atom Atkinson’s speculative artist’s statement, developed to help their students pivot from past educations to a utopian future of their own design.

Jan 27, 2022
Writing In Between the Real and Unreal

Sanjena Sathian thinks the most interesting writing material comes from locating mystery in our own lives. Try out this writing exercise to write into that mystery.

Jan 18, 2022
Creating Scenes for Discovery

Storytelling is like the TARDIS in ‘Doctor Who’—the narrower and more specific we get on the outside, the bigger it gets on the inside.

Jan 12, 2022
Tell More Lies

Poems and stories are only two sorts of lies, but they’re the ones Steven Duong tells most often. Try out his writing exercise to generate new work.

Jan 03, 2022
Turning Reality into Comedy

There’s comedic gold all around you—if you know how to mine it. Check out this writing prompt used by Catapult instructor Caitlin Kunkel in one of her classes!

Aug 10, 2021
Remember, You Are in Conversation

When I’m feeling stuck and lonely, I try to remember that I’m in conversation with the world—that I am alive in it and it is alive through me.

Jul 06, 2021
Make it Sharper, Make it Stranger

Simon Han shares an exercise to help make your sentences stronger and more surprising during the revision process.

Jun 29, 2021
Writing the Autobiography of Your Stuff

The detritus of our lives can serve as a cannon for fiction or nonfiction writing.

Jun 07, 2021
Let’s Talk About Imagery

It’s hard to talk about love without clichés, but what about images you associate with love? Poet José Olivarez shares lessons on imagery learned from country music.

Jun 07, 2021
Let Translation Guide You Into Writing

Check out this writing and reading exercise from classes instructor Poupeh Missaghi

May 12, 2021
The Pain Scale Exercise

Try this writing exercise from Madeleine Watts: Sometimes the restrictions and limitations imposed by a given structure can help you more than complete creative freedom does.

May 07, 2021
An Exercise in Building Character (Both Ways)

How do you write a character’s particularity in a way that ensures it’s different from your own? Check out this writing prompt from Ryan Chapman!

May 03, 2021
An Exercise to Help You Find Your Voice

Try this writing exercise from Simon Van Booy if you feel you need help finding your voice, whether you are writing nonfiction or fiction.

Apr 29, 2021
A Writing Prompt for Mandarin Speakers

Are you a bilingual writer? Try this prompt from Catapult instructor and poet Chen Chen.

Apr 05, 2021
Setting and Dialogue Exercise

Explore your scene writing or begin a flash fiction piece with this prompt from Catapult instructor Christine Sneed.

Apr 05, 2021
A Writing Exercise Using Photographs

If you’re starting a new personal essay or you’re working on a memoir, try this writing exercise shared by our instructor Brian Gresko.

Apr 05, 2021