Hail writers of memoir, and other fellow seekers!
I didn’t “assign” a writing prompt at our July meeting, but inspired by our intrepid memoirists, I wanted to post a prompt here that could be fun!
Write your 7-sentence autobiography.
And by the way, sentences a paragraph long are considered cheating! Sentences should be reasonably long, like the sentences you would write if you weren’t panicked by the 7-sentence limit.
After all, really long sentences that go on and on are impossible to read, difficult to understand, and full of potential contradictions; because it takes such skill to write them, after all, we end up producing two or three sentences, with subordinate clauses that should be sentences, and then suddenly you’ve written a stealth 225 sentence memoir, and that makes listeners giggle and cringe, even if they’re being polite, which they often are, to your detriment because you never really find out what they really think because they like you.
See you the second Monday in August, 1:15 – 3:30, at the Accokeek Public Library! Any women writers who want to join us are welcome!
And anyone intrigued by the prompt, but not local or not able to attend for any reason, you can simply put their 7-sentence autobiography as a comment, and we’ll all have a great time!
Carol Burbank is a writing coach, editor and author. You can learn more about her at www.carolburbank.com.
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