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Emily Smith posted a blog post
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Emily Smith posted a blog post
Mar 18
Esther Pfaff is now a member of Cambridge Writers Workshop
Mar 13
Casey Lynch posted a discussion

Prompt 3/7

Write a story that includes the words 'thyme,' 'shudder,' and 'bedazzled.'See More
Mar 8
Emily Smith posted blog posts
Mar 7
Casey Lynch posted a discussion

Prompt, 2/23

I was thinking about J.D. Salinger in the context of my creative writing workshop this week, and I remembered that Salinger was known for (in fact, his first hyper-famous story "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" got a New Yorker editor's attention because of) his wonderfully realistic dialogue. Therefore, my Salinger-inspired prompt for the week is: write a dialogue-driven story.  The piece can be all dialogue (I think a phone call could be pretty cool--check out Salinger's "Pretty Mouth and My…See More
Feb 24
Casey Lynch posted a discussion

Idiom Writing Prompt, Feb 15

Write a story that plays on or troubles a popular phrase or idiom.  (e.g. "baby out with the bath water," "crack me up," etc.)  See More
Feb 15
Emily Smith posted a blog post

Spring in Newport Writing Retreat Discount for NING Members & Alumni

The Cambridge Writers' Workshop is now offering a $100 discount to NING Members and alumni from the Spring in Newport 2015 Writing Retreat for this year's writing retreat in Newport, Rhode Island.Daily creative writing workshops, lodging, craft of writing seminars, daily yoga and meditation classes, a welcome…See More
Feb 14
Alyssa Goldstein Ekstrom replied to Alex Carrigan's discussion Valentine's Writing Prompt
"It starts with a message, short and sweet.   “Hi. Your profile caught my attention. I love classical music too.”   And although he knows the game by now - or at least he should - he allows himself a small smile.   His…"
Feb 12
Casey Lynch posted a blog post
Feb 11
Alyssa Goldstein Ekstrom posted blog posts
Feb 9
Alex Carrigan posted a discussion

Valentine's Writing Prompt

Since Valentine's Day is this weekend, our weekly prompt is inspired by love and romance. You do not have to typically write romance to do this prompt, so feel free to try it out.Prompt: Write two different scenes, one showing the beginning of a relationship, and the other showing the end of a relationship. See More
Feb 8
Emily Smith posted blog posts
Feb 8
Emily Smith posted a discussion

Writing Prompt, Jan 27

This week's prompt is simple, but should challenge your imagination. This prompt is useful for science fiction writers, but can be adjusted to fit within any genre. Thinking in the context of unusual settings and in the mind of unusual characters is an idea that crosses genres. Ready?Prompt: You are an astronaut. Describe your day.See More
Jan 27
Emily Smith posted a blog post

New Fiction from Paris Retreat Participant G. Evelyn Lampart feat. in Poetica Magazine!

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop is proud to announce that one of our 2015 Summer in Paris Writing Retreat participants has had her work published in Poetica Magazine!  Her story “Fuller Brush” is part of the…See More
Jan 22
Emily Smith posted a discussion

Working With "The Tenses"

As we begin again in this new year and return to work, we tend to experience a mix of emotions. Write a character who is looking forward to something (renewal), but also regrets something (the past).See More
Jan 18


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Prompt 3/7

Started by Casey Lynch Mar 8.

Prompt, 2/23

Started by Casey Lynch Feb 24.

Idiom Writing Prompt, Feb 15

Started by Casey Lynch Feb 15.

Valentine's Writing Prompt 1 Reply

Started by Alex Carrigan. Last reply by Alyssa Goldstein Ekstrom Feb 12.

Writing Prompt, Jan 27

Started by Emily Smith Jan 27.


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