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July 2020 Writer's Regimen

Need a reason to get out of your head and onto the page? How about 31 days of writing prompts delivered directly to your inbox?


Over the past few terms, our interns have been hard at work crafting daily prompts to inspire your writing. Owing to current events, we've decided to make these available for free. To sign up for this variation on our Writer's Regimen, simply send us an email at with "Writer's Regimen" in the subject line. Make sure we're not on your spam list, and you'll get your first prompt July 1st, and another each of following day for the remainder of July.


Example Poetry Prompt:

Homonyms are words that sound the same but have two meanings. Pick a homonym from the linked list below and use it as the first and last word of your poem.

Inspiration: Think about paradox, conflict—how one person can have conflicting characteristics, or one place can have opposing purposes. For example, the bed is a location of activity or inactivity. Think about change over time—how one thing can become something else or how a person’s significance in your life can change. Show these changes in your poem.

Sample homonyms: Gauntlet: a protective glove; an attack from both sides Cave: to give in; a natural cavity within the earth Evening: leveling something; early nighttime

Extra challenge: Try to use multiple homonyms. Place them in related positions throughout the poem (like the first word of a stanza, every second line, or whatever pattern you choose to create). Try to pick a few homophones (words that look the same but are pronounced differently and have different meanings). Exercise your ability to use context to explain concept. For example, “address” (to speak to someone) and “address” (a location).


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