Thursday Nights Writing At Kendall’s – Prompts 2016

Most Thursday evenings throughout the year, writers meet at the Grafton Street Writing Center / 50 Grafton Street Arlington MA to write from 7:00-9:30pm. It is open to all.  Each night is independent of the others. We start with prompts, read what we write and check in on writing being done during the week.  If you’re not a regular, call ahead and let me know you’re coming: 781.640.9957 / $35 per evening

Free writing about writing: Runners line up knowing Heartbreak Hill is coming. They know it but they do it anyway.  A friend says it is like tasting the blood of the chicken, once you do it, you can’t not do it again.  Some of us ran without tasting the blood or any other part of the chicken, but some knew the inexorable power and grace that came from making it through and over that hill and will do so over and over again….or try to.  Is there a story in you that has grabbed you that you have yet to write?  Have you stalled at the base of its hill?  What is that story?

What happens in the dark?  What happens when you turn out the lights?  Do you hear sounds you normally don’t hear?  What is under your bed? Can your own experience be planted into that of a character for fuller effect? Can you access more emotion when you are letting a character feel that emotion?  What did Deborah MacKenzie see when she quickly turned on the lights? Was it a stranger? Was it alive?  Was it real?

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About kendalld

Bio for Kendall Dudley Kendall Dudley, MA, is a Career and Life Design consultant who works with individuals and organizations, teaches art and autobiography, and leads self-discovery journaling trips to Morocco. He presents at major conferences on career and life direction, runs grants-funded public art and writing projects, has taught at Tufts and Lesley Universities, and was career consultant at Harvard for 15 years. His current travel essays appear in books and journals; he’s appeared on TV and radio; and his novel, Speedway / A Racy, Comic Novel About Grief will be out in 2015. He has traveled to 36 countries, lived in 5, and launched his real life while a Peace Corps city planner in Iran! He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and Columbia University (MA) and pursues life-long interests in Islamic architecture, art, and adult development. A lifetime ambition: to design and take a group of travelers to Iran! Projects On The Front Burners: ARLINTON WRITES! 2014 / A town-wide journal writing project funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council YOUR ILLUSTRATED LIFE STORY / a 6 week project that invites people to draw, paint and write their life story; sponsored by Emerson Umbrella Center For the Arts, Concord MA WRITING FOR A WEEK: ISTANBUL / 2015 is a new project built around a writing workshop in the old city of Istanbul with excursions out into the old and new city each day. CURRENT WRITING PROJECTS: • Publishing “SPEEDWAY / A Racy, Comic Novel About Grief” that draws on Kendall’s travels through Tucson, Mothers, Marriage and Mayhem! • Writing and Distributing ADVENTURE TRAVELING IN YOUR OWN LIFE STORY: A A Journal Approach to Discovering Meaning and Direction in Life!
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