Prompt: Write About a Greek God or Goddess

Brainstorming ideas: 1. Pick a God or Goddess For example: Hades: Olympian God of the Underworld Hera: Olympian Queen of the Gods, Goddess of Marriage & Birth Athena: Olympian Goddess of Wisdom & War 2. What powers do they hold? Hades: Has the ability to become invisible. Hera: Can bless or curse a marriage. Athena:Continue reading “Prompt: Write About a Greek God or Goddess”

How to: Show Instead of Tell

By Elle Vue What is “Show Don’t Tell?” When workshopping poetry everyone always screams, “show us, don’t tell us!” But what does this mean? I feel like I’m already showing. How do I put my abstract ideas into concrete sentences? “Show don’t tell” does not necessarily mean one should add more adjectives to frame theContinue reading “How to: Show Instead of Tell”

Revising Poetry: Syntax, Diction, and Play

by Elle Vue How To: Mechanically: 1. Look at the syntax in your poem– the arrangement of your words and phrases. Syntax includes much more than just grammar, it helps provide rhythm, structure, and tone in the poem. ◆ Is the meaning of each sentence clear? This may seem like an obvious mistake to lookContinue reading “Revising Poetry: Syntax, Diction, and Play”

Prompt: Write About Water

by Elle Vue Think about: Symbolism Rebirth, renewal Purification Life Reflection Motion Where water is found Ocean Rain Tears Bath Waterfalls What functions does water serve? Hydration Swimming Beauty Cleansing Cooking Steaming How does water entice the senses? Is the water cold or warm? Is this shocking or soothing? Salty or fresh? Does it smellContinue reading “Prompt: Write About Water”

How to Spruce Up a Flat Poem

Have you ever loved the idea and general gusto of a poem but felt it fell flat or seemed cliche? Here are some tips on how to add in some metaphors, symbolism, and philosophy into a poem to give it more life!