Tell the reader something honest, even if it feels trivial. Being relatable goes a long way.
Here a Fledgling illustrates how repetition can shed light on the speaker's nuanced attitude. There is something contentious about the changes happening that may seem positive to an outsider. An intriguing start to a powerful poem.
I love a story that begins with a negative comparison, something that makes you wonder, "if that's how it was how is it now?" Dreamy words from a past Fledgling participant.
There's no real dialogue in this piece, but the body language says it all. I love a writer unafraid to use every day situations to make us laugh.
This Fledgling can build a scene that felt so real you could almost taste the air. Here's hoping the things she worked on in the Nestling Course become a book some day.
What a difference it can make to a piece when a writer slips in a detail that speaks to our most memory-inducing sense: smell.
The "I Remember" prompt never fails to bring up a chaotic kind of beauty that haunts. This image has stuck with me since a Fledgling wrote it last week.
The sounds in this piece brought us all right into the moment. Don't forget about all five senses when building a world!
This piece hit that sweet spot, where memoir writing makes you wonder how the writer got a hold of your daydreams, fears, and funny bone.
Sometimes something as simple as two short lines of dialogue sticks with me after a workshop session for days. Who hasn't felt this moment?