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The incredible and talented ACW family is stepping up and sharing their expertise with you! Creativity is the key to making it though tough times. This time is not lost, but instead a chance to dive into your imagination. Prompts have been provided by Julia Alvarez, Mahogany L. Browne, Joseph Bruchac, Betsy Folwell, Sue Halpern, Bill McKibben, Jon Sands, Steve Stern, Chase Twichell, Lauren Whitehead & more.


This week’s writing prompt:

In Second Place, the recent novel by Rachel Cusk, a woman opens her guest house (“The Second Place”) to an artist for three months, hoping he’ll find a connection between her home and his work. What actually happens is much more confusing and unsettling. 

Try writing about a memorable house-guest you’ve had at some point in your life, whether it’s your ex-pat uncle who visited once when you were nine or a visit from an old friend that sparked a new adventure. Remember, fiction is your friend (especially if you’ve got a house-guest story that caused, as the guest in Cusk’s novel did, substantial turmoil). 

Submit your response by Sunday, Aug 15, 2022. All creative writing responses will be shared on @adkctr4writing and Note: You are expected to edit your own submission before sending it.


Send in your creative writing response to this prompt.

Send in your response (any genre) by end of day each Sunday to be shared on this website + on @adkctr4writing. You are expected to edit your own submission before sending. Please add paragraph spaces between sections. All submissions will be posted left justified.






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