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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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National Poetry Month Writing Prompt 30/30

National Poetry Month Writing Prompt 30/30

Hello YCA Fam,

April is National Poetry Month, and many poets choose to write one poem each day during April to celebrate the occasion. This year, we are going to be posting a writing prompt every day during April to help you with this writing challenge. Many of these prompts were developed by the YCA Artistic team for our weekly writing workshop, Check The Method. If you write poems to these prompts, share them on social media and tag us (@youngchiauthors on Twitter & @youngchicagoauthors on Instagram).

Here is prompt number 30, which uses a poem by Margaret Atwood:

List:

Particular characters or prototypes you think about a lot ie cowboys or basketball players or steel workers
-Choose one
Verbs that person does
What that...
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National Poetry Month Writing Prompt 29/30

National Poetry Month Writing Prompt 29/30

Hello YCA Fam,

April is National Poetry Month, and many poets choose to write one poem each day during April to celebrate the occasion. This year, we are going to be posting a writing prompt every day during April to help you with this writing challenge. Many of these prompts were developed by the YCA Artistic team for our weekly writing workshop, Check The Method. If you write poems to these prompts, share them on social media and tag us (@youngchiauthors on Twitter & @youngchicagoauthors on Instagram).

Here is prompt number 29, which uses a poem by Britteney Black Rose Kapri: 

List:
Songs that you love
Quotes that you love
Songs you don’t like
The last 5 text...
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National Poetry Month Writing Prompt 28/30

National Poetry Month Writing Prompt 28/30

Hello YCA Fam,

April is National Poetry Month, and many poets choose to write one poem each day during April to celebrate the occasion. This year, we are going to be posting a writing prompt every day during April to help you with this writing challenge. Many of these prompts were developed by the YCA Artistic team for our weekly writing workshop, Check The Method. If you write poems to these prompts, share them on social media and tag us (@youngchiauthors on Twitter & @youngchicagoauthors on Instagram).

Here is prompt number 28, which uses a poem by Gwendolyn Brooks: 

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...
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National Poetry Month Writing Prompt 27/30

National Poetry Month Writing Prompt 27/30

Hello YCA Fam, 

April is National Poetry Month, and many poets choose to write one poem each day during April to celebrate the occasion. This year, we are going to be posting a writing prompt every day during April to help you with this writing challenge. Many of these prompts were developed by the YCA Artistic team for our weekly writing workshop, Check The Method. If you write poems to these prompts, share them on social media and tag us (@youngchiauthors on Twitter & @youngchicagoauthors on Instagram). 

Here is prompt number 27, which uses a poem by Suji Kwock Kim:

Read: Monologue For An Onion by Suji Kwock Kim

I don’t mean to make you cry.
I mean nothing, but this has not kept you
From peeling away my body, layer by layer,

The...
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National Poetry Month Writing Prompt 26/30

National Poetry Month Writing Prompt 26/30

Hello YCA Fam,

April is National Poetry Month, and many poets choose to write one poem each day during April to celebrate the occasion. This year, we are going to be posting a writing prompt every day during April to help you with this writing challenge. Many of these prompts were developed by the YCA Artistic team for our weekly writing workshop, Check The Method. If you write poems to these prompts, share them on social media and tag us (@youngchiauthors on Twitter & @youngchicagoauthors on Instagram).

Here is prompt number 26, which uses a poem by Ross Gay:  

List:

Brainstorm a perfect day for yourself
   ...
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