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May 3, 2015

Writing Prompt Class

While doing spring cleaning recently, I saw my writing notes from a writing class I attended last year in New York by the Gotham Writers. The class is called Write In and they describe it as “equal parts social and literary. A teacher gives an interesting writing prompt.  We write. We share. We eat, drink and mingle.”

It was in the middle of the polar vortex when I attended a Write In class and of course the first writing prompt was “freeze”.  It was amazing how much you can write in 15 minutes.  For the next round of writing after some socials to get to know fellow writing enthusiasts, our writing prompt was “held breathe”.

Gotham Writers gives suggestions where to write in New York City (and no it’s not at Starbucks!)

Gotham Writers gives suggestions where to write in New York City (and no it’s not at Starbucks!)

We also shared our pieces or share what we loved about each other’s writing.  There was no pressure or critiquing.  What I loved also is that we could write whatever we wished and just keep our creative juices flowing.  As what our teacher would remind us, just keep on writing until she tells us to stop.

Gotham Writers' friendly reminder on their notepad

Gotham Writers’ friendly reminder on their notepad

I will definitely attend another Write In class on my next trip to New York.  But for the meantime, I discovered this book , “642 Things to Write About” by the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.  This book was done in one day!  Their pool of writers had so many ideas for writing prompts that in 24 hours, they came up with 642 things to write about.  They even have more ideas that they came out with a new book last year entitled, “712 More Things To Write About”.  There are just endless things to write about!

Aina Cruz, Write In, 1,642 Things to Write About, May 3A book done in 24 hours

When I want to write, I just open any page of the book and start writing.  Here are some of my favorite writing prompts from the book:

  1. Write Facebook status updates for the year 2017.
  2. Your most transcendent ice cream experience
  3. The menu for your last meal
  4. The greatness of sandwiches
  5. Write a copy for a cereal box so that someone would actually want to buy this exciting new flavor.

Where the Write Things Are will have two summer classes for kids and teens this May 2015:

a. The Wonder of Words: Stories, Graphic Lit, Poetry & more

  • Date: May 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15 (MWF; 6 sessions)
  • Time: 1pm-3pm (for 7-10 years old) / 3:30pm-5:30pm (for 11-17 years old)
  • Venue: Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street Taguig
  • Workshop Facilitator: Neni Sta. Romana Cruz and Roel Cruz
  • Guest Authors: Mabi David & Dean Francis Alfar

b. Young Writers’ Hangout

  • Date: May 23, May 30 and June 6 (Saturdays/per class basis)
  • Time: 1pm-2:30pm (For 7-17 years old)
  • Venue: Canadian American School Alphaland Makati; Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street (for June 6 class)

For registration and fee details, contact 0917-6240196 or


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Where the Write Things Are is a creative writing center for kids, teens, and adults. If you love writing or need some inspiration to get to write, our writing class is the place to be. Check out our monthly writing classes and facebook.   Creative Writing Classes for Kids/Teens and Adults:
  1. Young Writers’ Hangout – October 7 and October 21 (1:30pm-3pm)
  2. Adult Creative Writing Class with Karina Bolasco (Turning Ideas into Books) – November 11(1:30pm-4:30pm)
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