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The Lesson 7/26/2017

The Lesson 7/26/2017

Welcome to The Lesson. 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 is pulled from The 92Y's A New Colossus series.

#ANewColossus

Read:

The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus
(Poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty)

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your...
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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 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 Lesson 6/28/2017

The Lesson 6/28/2017

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 Gwendolyn Brooks. Today's writing prompt is called:

Know The Enemy

 

List:

Individuals or groups you consider your enemies (think from micro to macro: this could be individual people to institutions)

People who try to do right by you but inevitably fail.

Read:

The Lovers of the Poor by Gwendolyn Brooks

Think about:
...

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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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