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The Lesson 6/14/2017

The Lesson 6/14/2017

Hello YCA Fam, 

Today is Wednesday, June 14th, and we have two prompts 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 Jamaica Kincaid, Cortney Lamar Charleston, G Yamazawa, & Nikki Giovanni:


HOW TO BE [__________] 

List: 
Things you are expected to be good at based on your identity
Quintessential books/movies/songs associated with your identity
Dangers/challenges people of your identity face
Sayings or tropes you often hear people of your identity say to each other

Read:

GIRL by Jamaica Kincaid

Blackness...

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The Lesson: 6/7/2017

The Lesson: 6/7/2017

Hello YCA Fam, 

Today is Wednesday, June 7th, AND it is also Gwendolyn Brooks's Birthday! Gwendolyn Brooks is so important to the work we do at YCA. We strive to honor her commitment to craft and community at all times. What better way to celebrate than by writing a poem today? As you know, 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 a poem by Aracelis Girmay

List:

Journeys that you take routinely.
Historic journeys that your family has taken (this is not necessarily a journey that you took, but one that you feel connected to)
The...

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The Lesson: 5/31/2017

The Lesson: 5/31/2017

Hello YCA Fam,

And welcome to the weekly blog we call the Lesson! Every Wednesday we will invite you to express yourselves by making lists, responding to prompts, and reading texts. Many of these prompts were developed by the YCA Artistic team for our weekly writing workshops, Check The Methodand Wordplay. If you write poems to these prompts or have thoughts on the readings tag us in your own social media posts (@youngchiauthors on Twitter & @youngchicagoauthors on Instagram).

Personal Mythology

This writing prompt comes from Check The Method and features two poems by DC-based poet Safia Elhillo from her collection The January Children. Safia's poems inspired us to reimagine stories from our personal history using specific details and vivid imagery. If you enjoy this prompt consider registering for our Write to the City...

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The Lesson: 5/24/2017

The Lesson: 5/24/2017

Hello YCA Fam,

And welcome to the new weekly blog we call The Lesson! From this Wednesday forward we invite you to express yourselves. Every week we will be sharing a writing prompt from either Check The Method or Wordplay. These workshops are developed  If you write poems to these prompts or have thoughts on the readings tag us in your own social media posts- we are @youngchiauthors on Twitter & @youngchicagoauthors on Instagram.

Lists:

Make a list of things you were embarrassed about when you were younger
Make a list of things you wish you had when you were younger
Make a list of things you inherited from your parents or elders
Make a list of things you rejected/tried not to...

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