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I didn’t want this day to begin. –All Russians Love Birch Trees by Olga Grjasnowa

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you feel when your alarm goes off in the morning.

Art Prompt: First thing in the morning

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about your morning routine and how it supports or hinders you.

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When I was seventeen years old and still living in the seaside town where I spent my childhood, I would go for a few hours every Sunday morning to the home of a retired teacher of English literature to talk about books. –My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Which of your old teachers would you like to meet to discuss books?

Art Prompt: Seaside Sundays

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about your favorite teacher.

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Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: If you’ve had an experience with a haunting, write about it. If not, do you believe houses can be haunted? Why or why not?

Art Prompt: Of course the house is haunted.

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a dramatic or humorous story about a haunted house.

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The stranger stared at Dora’s package. –Key To Lawrence by Linda Cargill

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel when a stranger stares at you? What do you do about it?

Art Prompt: Mystery package

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about a strange package.

After one hundred and eighty-four days, the Sesquipedalian reached the end of the world. –Nova Verba, Mundus Novus by Ken Liu

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: What do you imagine the end of the world will be like?

Art Prompt: The end of the world.

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about a long journey with an unexpected end.

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The people in my head seem to have been there for a very long time. –Hiking in My Head by Gareth D Jones

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about an uncomfortable thought that has plagued you for a while. Challenge it on paper and defeat it.

Art Prompt: Voices in my head

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts) and how to counter them.

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When I was twelve years old I accidentally substituted salt for sugar in a cake recipe. –Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the craziest kitchen accident you’ve ever had.

Art Prompt: Kitchen mishap

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a mistake in the kitchen.

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Gloria put her ledger in the secret compartment, under the false bottom of her desk drawer. -The Monarchs by Corrine Kenner

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: What would you write about if you knew that no one would ever read it?

Art Prompt: Secret compartment

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about a big secret you’ve been keeping.

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When he finished packing, he walked out on to the third-floor porch of the barracks brushing the dust from his hands, a very neat and deceptively slim young man in the summer khakis that were still early morning fresh. –From Here to Eternity by James Jones

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: How do you picture life in a barracks?

Art Prompt: Barracks

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about waking up early to pack and leave.

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On the hottest day of July, trolling in dead-calm waters near Key West, a tourist named James Mayberry reeled up a human arm. –Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: What is the strangest thing you’ve ever caught?

Art Prompt: Trolling

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a fish story.

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