Here are the prompts used by the Summer Institute participants in their Write Around Fargo event on Friday, July 10. Feel free to write to any and all of these!
“Remember in your story that setting is the other character. It is as important to your story as the people in it because it gives them context and can ideally be used to heighten drama and tension, depending on where it is.” -- Rob Parnell in The Easy Way to Write Short Stories that Sell.
The Red River Valley is a character in itself. It can be both a protagonist and an antagonist. Describe a scene around you, using the setting as a protagonist. Then, switch up and describe the same scene using the setting as an antagonist.
Write a vignette that uses the following:
•a smell that reminds you of something
•a description of one inanimate item that is moving or being moved
•a description of the setting you're in
•an invented verb
•a metaphor or simile
•dialog, real or imagined
•the word "burlap"
Prompt: Does this place remind you of anywhere that you've been before? What specifically brings you back there? Write a memory that something in this place evokes.
If you were putting a photo of this place online, what would the title of your photo be? What might you crop out of the picture to represent that title best?
-Prompts provided by Kim Rensch, Pam Fisher, and Beth Sutton