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S Writing Prompt Graphic - Adobe01Hello!  So have you been busy writing this past week or have you been too busy getting the kids ready for the first day back to school?  Do you need some inspiration or a prompt to get  your creativity flowing?  Yes?  Good!  I have a whole list of writing prompts just for you.  Take a few minutes, consider where these prompts will lead you then write on!



Week of August 26th to September 1st, 2013.

  1. Little did John know the panther was just yards away, watching his every move.
  2. A straight line and a curved line argue which one is more useful.
  3. An unknown person from Egypt sends you a box containing a rock etched with hieroglyphics.
  4. One day, your dog starts talking to you.
  5. Right before she dies, your mother tells you you’re adopted.
  6. He raised his goblet: “Cheers! Here’s to Love!” Then she quipped back, “Define Love.”
  7. Write about the smallest insect you’ve ever seen.
  8. A frozen pond in the middle of the desert catches the attention of scientists from around the world.
  9. You’re in a log cabin deep in the woods. No utilities. Lake plentiful with fish and a prehistoric animal…
  10. You just discovered the reason your adopted son is so disruptive of every aspect of family life: Attachment Disorder. What now?
  11. “Your name will be in lights, kiddo!” said D. W. Griffith to Mary Pickford.
  12. A day after you submit your thesis, you get a call from the Director of the CIA or CSIS/CSEC.
  13. Write about the life of a box of Lime Jello.
  14. Now you know the reason your neighbor has been sitting in his yard, looking at his shed and brooding.
  15. If you could get a job in any occupation, what would you do for a living?
  16. Add a dab of this, a dribble of that and stir. Within seconds, you’ll have…
  17. The commercials said the shampoo would make my hair grow strong. I didn’t expect…
  18. I don’t usually read the end of a book first, but this time I just had to know!
  19. A for-hire corporate spy has stolen a flash-drive with sensitive information on it. He must transfer it to his employer within the next week because…
  20. A ring is found with an intriguing inscription inside.
  21. Pick a marketing slogan and use it in a poem or short-story.
  22. You are being driven around by the worst driver ever.
  23. The calendar says March 10th, but the last day you remember is March 1st.
  24. A stop at the pub on the way home changed his destiny.
  25. A circle, a square and a triangle…
  26. When her cell phone rings, they think nothing of it. But when his rings too…
  27. “Couldn’t you hear me knocking?” she asked. “Uh, no… I was… “
  28. The cup tipped over, spilling its contents onto her mobile phone, which was the only remaining connection to the outside world.
  29. If life is a TV channel, I’m currently on…

Prompts gathered from

Canadian Author’s Association Presents: Elizabeth Ruth

Elizabeth Ruth

From the Vice:

On May 30 at 6:30 pm Canadian Authors Association- Leacock Simcoe presents writing teacher, editor and award winning author, Elizabeth Ruth, talking about self-promotion and the novel writing process as well as the publication of her latest book, Matadora.  As usual, this will be at Down by the Bay in downtown Orillia and doors will be open at 5:30 pm to facilitate dinner ordering and prep.

Elizabeth Ruth is a writer, editor, creative writing instructor and mother living in Toronto, Canada. Her first novel, Ten Good Seconds of Silence was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust of Canada Fiction Prize, the Best First Novel Award and the City of Toronto Book Award. Her critically acclaimed second novel, Smoke, was chosen for the 2007 One Book One Community program. Elizabeth Ruth’s third novel – Matadora, about a female bullfighter in 1930’s Spain – was published in Canada in spring 2013 by Cormorant Books

Elizabeth is well known for her mentorship of aspiring writers. She teaches at the University of Toronto, and through the Humber School for Writers. In 2011 Elizabeth held the position of Writer-In-Residence at the Toronto Public Library. Elizabeth has also held the position of Writer-In-Residence at the Oshawa and Kitchener Public Libraries. In recent years, Elizabeth has mentored middle and high school English students through WIER, Writers in Electronic Residence. In 2011 she delivered workshops and offered manuscript evaluations to writers across northern Ontario. In 2012, together with Ann Douglas, Elizabeth Ruth was hired by The Writer’s Union of Canada (TWUC) to deliver professional development workshops to writers across the country. She is a long-standing member of TWUC and the current chair of the author’s advisory committee of the Writers’ Trust of Canada. 

Elizabeth Ruth has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Counselling Psychology, both from the University of Toronto. She is also a graduate of the Humber School of Writers.

CAA-Leacock Simcoe is the fastest growing branch of the CAA in Canada right now…

For more information about CAA Leacock Simcoe please email

Muskoka Writers Retreat

writers-retreat-logoNorthWords Muskoka Literary Festival is launching a new writers retreat. Here’s some of the info:

The NorthWords Muskoka Literary Festival is pleased to announce a partnership with the University Of Toronto School Of Continuing Studies to present a five day intensive writing workshop in Muskoka.

This unique and transformational five day workshop will be held from June 24 to June 28, 2013 at the Trillium Resort and Spa in Port Sydney, Ontario.   Focussing on the opening pages of your novel, memoir, or creative non-fiction, award winning writers Priscila Uppal and David Layton will cover all aspects of prose writing, including plot, character development and style.

Fifteen pages of prose, submitted by June 15, will be subjected to intensive work-shopping and professional editing.

To support your creative endeavour, the highly acclaimed Ranjini George Philip will start each day with meditation sessions designed to focus your writing skills.  Through meditation practices, you will learn to create new pathways in your consciousness, unblock creativity, and free yourself from limiting habits that can negatively impact both your personal and writing life.

This course will combine a relaxing natural setting with an intense workshop experience and promises to be a one of a kind event, suitable for both beginners and advanced writers.  By combining mediation, a relaxed natural setting, and superb creative writing instruction, writers at all levels will come away with new perspective on their novel and increased creativity.

From more information check out the website: