New Semester, New Set of Exercises–

I’ll post them over here as we really get going (Kyle is first up to set the prompt), but in the meantime, here are the first two we did in workshops.  I’ve posted my results over on bgexperiments, but if you get going here with them, I’ll post here, too.


2/24 New York School of Poets Exercise (inspired by former 170-er and now faculty and poet, Stacie Cassarino) This exercise was dreamed up by our course tutors.


1. Write a question.

2. Write down the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the following:
Day of the week
Time of day
Body part
Means of transportation
Article of clothing
Song lyrics
Street name
Children’s toy
Historical event
Rock group
Thing you find in a hardware store
Musical instrument

3. Another question.

In five minutes, write a poem opening with the first question, closing with the second question and including as many of the responses to the words as possible. Think about how to get from the first question to the second.


Prompt: The glass voted on word as topic chosen from a list of five. They chose GLASS. List:
1. Memories associated with glass
2. Facts about glass
3. Feelings you have about glass
4. Questions having to do with glass.

In five minutes, write a piece (whatever form whatever genre) entitled “A History of Glass” using one from each column.

Web zine

Hey Guys!

Who is interested in getting the web zine going? If you are interested, post a comment to this post and hopefully we can all find a time to meet and get this going!

Into Second Semester…and Thursday’s word

As we perhaps find ourselves rocked from our writing with the onslaught of new stimuli, new demands, new interests, it could well be challenging to keep the writing fires burning.  I’ll step in and say that today’s word is FIRE.

100 Words for Wednesday, from Alex

For some reason, Alex doesn’t have posting privileges (I will attend to that), but here’s his word for today: METAL.

Wednesday’s Word and a Few Other Words…

Hello All,

By now you are finding your way into your new semester, and that will mean it could be a struggle to continue a writing practice outside of class. But in my opinion, this is just when you need writing of the most creative sort most, to balance all that critical and analytical thinknig you’ll be asking your brains to do. So I hope that you’ll want to keep up with the 100 words, but I also hope you’ll branch out a bit as I am seeing a few of you doing, and playing around in other ways on your blogs.

Do you want to convene an informal writing group? Shall we, at the end of this month, come up with other kinds of blog-based writing games/prompts to keep us going? What do you want to do with these blogs?

Come take a look at what we’re doing at ENAM 170’s blog. Kyle (as student) and Alex (as tutor) represent you there (sorry Annabelle, that you couldn’t get into the class) and would, I am sure, love to have you read and respond, and, if you are active in your blogging, have your blogs added to the FRIENDS blogroll.

See you all next week in conference. Think about the ‘zine.


100 Words for Tuesday

I hope everyone had a good first day of classes … Tuesday’s word is PILLOW.

Monday’s Word

Today’s word is hair.

I wish you all a successful start of the semester!