Event—Adult Education

Promptapalooza: Powerful Prompts to Enhance Your Creative Writing


In this guided writing workshop, you’ll learn how to best utilize prompts in your writing craft.

Paper, pen, and laptop. Source: Pete O'Shea, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Class Description

Prompts can be great for establishing, developing, maintaining, or enhancing your writing practice, starting a new project, or invigorating a stalled one, as well as for sparking poems, flash fiction, and micro-essays.

But what happens if you are too pooped to prompt . . . or if your usually dependable prompts themselves seem to mysteriously poop out? Prompts ARE powerful, even if they are no panacea.

In this workshop, we will get to the DNA of best prompt practices to create a never-ending supply of individualized inspiration. We will look at various types of prompts and consider which work best for what situation, find reliable sources for prompts, and, most important of all, not only create our own prompts, but learn to evolve our own unique prompt creation processes.

Julie Benesh is author of the chapbook About Time, and the forthcoming poetry collection Sensitive Dependence. She holds a PhD in human and organizational systems and earned an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. She is an Illinois Arts Council Grantee.

Materials List

No required materials or first reading.

Cost and Registration

One session, $100 ($90 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.


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