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The Lesson 7/19/2017

The Lesson 7/19/2017

Today is Wednesday, July 19th, and we have a brand new writing prompt for you. Every Wednesday we will be sharing a writing prompt to help you write. If you choose to write, please tag us on social media: @youngchiauthors on Twitter & @youngchicagoauthors on Instagram. 

 
Today's writing prompt will help you build strong images that you can use for future poems. 

SENSORY MEMORY WARM UP
 
List:
A color that carries a specific meaning to you
A typical smell outside in Chicago
A word or phrase you love to say or write
Name of a street you’re familiar with
Vegetable/ fruit you don’t like
Piece of advice, quote or saying that has stuck with you
Word or phrase your family...
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The Top Five Featuring Kush Thompson

The Top Five Featuring Kush Thompson

Welcome to the Top Five.

We know it's Monday and you may be looking for inspiration, and we are here to help! Every Monday, we will be inviting some of our favorite artists to share five links that inspire them. Tune in to find some new music, poems, and more. Today, we have Kush Thompson sharing her Top Five for today. 

1. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

A piece of advice I was given to better my practice as a creative: study your heroes. Because my poetry is deeply archival and often samples my diary, ...
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The Plug: July 7th, 2017

The Plug: July 7th, 2017

Hello YCA Fam,

Welcome to The Plug, our weekly blog about competitions, events, workshops, etc. that you can partake in. Some of these competitions and events are hosted by your next-door neighbors, and some are from friends across the country. Many of these opportunities while rooted in poetry, will also allow you to explore different types of writing and art forms. If you explore any of these opportunities, share the experience on social media and tag us (@youngchiauthors on Twitter & @youngchicagoauthorson Instagram).

 

Competitions/Publications:

...
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The Lesson 7/5/2017

The Lesson 7/5/2017

Today is Wednesday, July 5th, and we have a brand new writing prompt for you today. Every Wednesday we will be sharing a writing prompt to help you write. If you choose to write, please tag us on social media: @youngchiauthors on Twitter & @youngchicagoauthors on Instagram.

Today's prompt features work from Nikki Giovanni. Today's writing prompt is called:

Ego Trippin

List:

Reasons why you are dope
Things you are good at doing
Things you are an expert in
...
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The Top Five Featuring Kevin Coval

The Top Five Featuring Kevin Coval

Welcome to the Top Five.

We know it's Monday and you may be looking for inspiration, and we are here to help! Every Monday, we will be inviting some of our favorite artists to share five links that inspire them. Tune in to find some new music, poems, and more. Today, we have Kevin Coval talking about some of his favorite new(ish) Chicago projects. Enjoy!

Top 5- new(ish) Chicago shit i'm currently rocking with

Vic Mensa: Almost There

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9rusOCopxE

Vic's New EP, The Manuscript, is the continuation of an evolving pen that is one of the illest in the country. Vic can write and the elevation of his personal narrative & the story of his father's immigration to this country on this track is stunning & bar heavy.

LyriQ The Misfit- Indigo Soul

https://soundcloud.com/lyriqthemisfit

It's a vibe. LyriQ is...

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The Plug: June 30th, 2017

The Plug: June 30th, 2017

Hello YCA Fam,

Welcome to The Plug, our weekly blog about competitions, events, workshops, etc. that you can partake in. Some of these competitions and events are hosted by your next-door neighbors, and some are from friends across the country. Many of these opportunities while rooted in poetry, will also allow you to explore different types of writing and art forms. If you explore any of these opportunities, share the experience on social media and tag us (@youngchiauthors on Twitter & @youngchicagoauthors on Instagram).

Competitions/Publications:

...
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