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January Writing Workshop, All Stories

On January 27th, we started a new tradition of monthly Writing Workshops.   After chowing down on pizza and cherry coke, we listened to a new participant read a story, and spent a few minutes going over his piece.  (He tells us he’s inspired to give it another editorial go!)  ‘Then, we got down to business.

We began with a simple exercise on extending metaphors.  The exercise works like this: one person starts with a very simple metaphor, and the rest of the team expands on the metaphor.  (We did it popcorn style, with people jumping in as they were inspired.)

Josh:  “This coffee house is a castle.”

Seretha: “This coffee house is a castle of memories.”

Christina:  “This coffee house is a castle of memories I’d like to forget.”

Christopher: “This coffee house is a castle of memories I’d like to forget with the barista playing his jester’s tune.”

Matt:  “This coffee house is a castle of memories I’d like to forget with the barista playing his jester’s tune, the bitter coffee like hot oil from the keep.”

Chris:  “This coffee house is a castle of memories I’d like to forget with the barista playing his jesters tune, the bitter coffee like hot oil from the keep while I sip my tea in solitude.”

Afterwards, we used that extended metaphor as a prompt for a 15-20 minute write-as-much-as-you-can, no hold’s barred, writing sprint!  You’ll see much variety in the work contained below.

Josh’s Story

Seretha’s Story

Christina’s Story

Christopher’s Story

Matt’s Story

Chris’ Story

Psst . . . no jokes about all the “Chris’s” . . . we don’t know what happened.

Written by Seretha Curry

At the age of 17, Seretha wrote a rough draft of a science-fiction/fantasy epic during summer break. It was a measly 1000 pages long. Since this grand eruption of activity, she has earned a Master's of Divinity, delved into the depths of physics and personal psychology, and read tomes of Aristotle faster than a normal person reads “Go Dog Go.” When not slaying irrational thought and sentimentality with her sharp wit and cool logic, she stays current on the latest developments in physics. Her passions intertwine and unfold on the page, tamed and refined by the pursuit of the presence of God.

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