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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Dorothy Parker Writing Prompts

Happy Birthday to Dorothy Parker! 

Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, best known for her wisecracks and wit.  You can read some of her poems and more about her here.

Below are creative writing prompts for fiction, play writing, and poetry.  ENJOY!  Feel free to post anything you come up with.  

Fiction Writing & Play Writing Practice:  Dorothy Parker is the one who wrote: 

Men seldom make passes
At girls who wear glasses.

Below is a picture of a cute girl with glasses in a vineyard.  Write a scene where someone makes a pass at her.  Keep your setting in the vineyard.  Keep in mind she is stealing this grape.

anna and the grape
 Anna snacks on a stolen grape from a vineyard in province b

Creative Writing Prompt for Poetry:  In honor of Dorothy Parker's birthday, please read the two short poems below, and create a little witty poem of your own.

Drink and dance and laugh and lie,
Love, the reeling midnight through,
For tomorrow we shall die!
(But, alas, we never do.
"The Flaw in Paganism" in Death and Taxes (1931)

If I didn't care for fun and such,
I'd probably amount to much.
But I shall stay the way I am,
Because I do not give a damn.
First printed in New York World, (16 August 1925)