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Creating Tension

Write a scene in which your character is mostly, if not completely, an observer to the interactions of others. Even though there is a conversation taking place in a group setting, your character is alone. Your character feels out of place and uneasy. How can you infuse that discomfort in your character's observations/thoughts?ORWrite a scene in which your…See More
Nov 16
Emily Smith posted a discussion

Prompt: Your Villains

It's half way through NaNoWriMo! In case you're getting stuck, take a step back and consider what you're writing and what you're resisting.Consider:What writers, artists, or books do you resist? What are you writing against? What are your nemeses, your literary or cultural foes? They could range from Raymond Carver to Vladamir Nabokov to physics to homophobia to…See More
Nov 14
Emily Smith posted a blog post

War Is Beautiful: An Interview With David Shields (via Electric Lit)

Earlier this month, [Cambridge Writers' Workshop Director Rita Banerjee] sat down with Shields to interview him about his…See More
Nov 13
Emily Smith posted a discussion

From the Heart of NaNoWriMo

In honor of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), this week's prompt comes from a suggestion offered by a NaNoWriMo prompt writer. Take a sentence out of any work – a book, a magazine, a newspaper, an article online – and spin an entirely different story around it. Simply open up the page and point to a random sentence. No cheating! Force yourself to work with…See More
Nov 2
Alex Carrigan replied to Rita B.'s discussion NaNoWriMo 2015 Challenge!
"I'm gonna make an attempt! I'm 1 for 3 on succeeding with this project, so I want to make some actual progress this month. My novel this year is a YA novel called Thomas Kazan's Friends. Basically, a group of students and their…"
Oct 31
Ellen Hendriksen is now a member of Cambridge Writers Workshop
Oct 30
Rita B. posted a discussion

NaNoWriMo 2015 Challenge!

Dear Writers, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and our CWW staff is up for an exciting writing challenge! We have the entire month of November to write draft, sketch, and complete the first versions of our novels.  The goal is to get to over 50,000 words by…See More
Oct 29
Rita B. left a comment for Karen P Elverson
"Hi Karen!  Welcome to the Cambridge Writers' Workshop membership network!  Check out our weekly prompts and info about NaNoWriMo going up soon!  All the best, Rita"
Oct 29
Emily Smith posted a discussion

Art of the Sentence

Sometimes it's important to work at the individual sentence level of a piece, instead of looking at the entire piece as a whole. This week, pick a single sentence from a draft you're currently working on and consider the elements working within it. Tin House explores this effortlessly. Examples:from Daphne de Maurie's Rebecca: Zora Neal Hurston's "Spunk": William…See More
Oct 26
Emily Smith posted a blog post

My Elizabeths: A Biographer and Her Subjects (November 17, 2015 at 4:15 PM)

In a talk that touches on issues of craft, narrative, and inspiration, the biographer Megan Marshall (’77, RI ’07) will discuss her work on past and current subjects, including Elizabeth Bishop, Elizabeth Hawthorne, and Elizabeth Peabody. She is the recipient of many awards, such as the Francis Parkman…See More
Oct 26
Karen P Elverson is now a member of Cambridge Writers Workshop
Oct 23
Emily Smith posted a discussion

Interrogation Poetry ala Franny Choi

During a recent workshop with Franny Choi, the poet asked each member to write a question on a piece of paper, then throw it into the circle. Then, each member withdrew a different piece of paper and wrote an answer without looking at the question. Using both the question and answer, Franny asked us to wrote a poem.For this exercise use Clever Bot, a Google search, or any other method of obtaining unrelated questions and answers. Then, make a connection between the two through poetry. Remember…See More
Oct 19
Emily Smith's blog post was featured

Pre-Thanksgiving Yoga & Writing Cleanse (Nov 21-22, 2015)

REGISTER HERE!Join our 3rd annual Pre-Thanksgiving Yoga & Creative Writing Cleanse. As the leaves are changing colors, bring some of those transformations into your life. …See More
Oct 19
Alyssa Goldstein Ekstrom posted a blog post

CWW Member Writing gift bag

Our 3rd annual Pre-Thanksgiving Yoga & Creative Writing Cleanse will be taking place the weekend of November 21st-22nd. But that isn’t even the best part! From now until October 31st, CWW members get priority registration as well as a writing gift bag, which will include goodies such as pencils, pens, buttons and a notebook and/or special paper.Take advantage of this offer now before time runs out!More info …See More
Oct 18
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Oct 17
Emily Smith posted a blog post

Pre-Thanksgiving Yoga & Writing Cleanse (Nov 21-22, 2015)

REGISTER HERE!Join our 3rd annual Pre-Thanksgiving Yoga & Creative Writing Cleanse. As the leaves are changing colors, bring some of those transformations into your life. …See More
Oct 17


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Creating Tension

Started by Emily Smith Nov 16.

Prompt: Your Villains

Started by Emily Smith Nov 14.

Prompt: From the Heart of NaNoWriMo

Started by Emily Smith Nov 2.

NaNoWriMo 2015 Challenge! 1 Reply

Started by Rita B.. Last reply by Alex Carrigan Oct 31.

Art of the Sentence

Started by Emily Smith Oct 26.


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