Each month, a JCPL librarian interviews published writers who share their favorite writing prompts. Whether you're just getting started or have written for years, you'll find ideas and advice to inspire you and help you become a better writer. Brought to you in partnership with the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.
Ellen Birkett Morris
Librarian and poet Carrie Green talks to Ellen Birkett Morris, author of Lost Girls. Ellen shares three writing prompts: a poetry prompt, a fiction prompt, and a food writing prompt.
For our thirteenth episode, we talk to Sarah Combs, author of Breakfast Served Anytime and The Light Fantastic. Sarah shares her love of writing groups, reading "at whim," and offers a writing prompt that works for all levels and genres.
For our twelfth episode, we talk to Shawn Pryor, author of the graphic novel series Cash and Carrie and a guest at this year's Comic Surge. Shawn describes the collaborative process of writing graphic novels and shares three of his favorite prompts. He explains how he uses writing prompts both when he's working on books and when he just wants to have fun.
Claudia Love Mair
For our eleventh episode, we talk to Claudia Love Mair, author and coordinator of the Carnegie Center's Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative. Claudia Love discusses the importance of names in her life and shares a prompt that will make you see your own name—and yourself—in a new way.
For our 10th episode, we talk to David Dominé, author of A Dark Room in Glitter Ball City. David discusses some of the differences between traditional and self-publishing, describes his writing process, and offers a food-related writing prompt. We're also excited to share a story submitted by listener Beth Kelly, "The Box on the Porch."
For our ninth episode, we talk to New York Times-bestselling author Gwenda Bond. Gwenda shares two writing prompts that will spark your imagination no matter what genre you write.