The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, MN, is the nation’s largest literary center–since its founding in 1975, the Loft has hosted classes and workshops for writers of all ages; given out buckets of money in writing fellowships; and paired emerging writers with established and award-winning authors for intensive mentorships. Basically, they live up to their name–a hip, open space, filled with a bevy of uber-talented artists.
Far from Minneapolis? You’re in luck. You can sample some of The Loft’s magic with today’s Figment Daily Theme, which comes courtesy of one of their teaching artists, Carrie Mesrobian, who leads awesome classes that use popular YA books/series to work on elements of creative writing craft, and whose debut YA novel is being published by Carolrhoda Lab in fall 2013. If you’ve been itching to try your hand at writing dystopia, this prompt is for you.
Figment Daily Theme–February 28, 2012
What are you really good at doing/making? Explain this talent of yours in a few sentences. Then, create a character who also has this same talent. BUT, this character must be the opposite sex of you. Next, have this opposite-sex-from-you-but-same-talent-having character wake up from unconsciousness on the side of the road in an unknown location, unsure of how he/she got there.
As this character tries to figure things out, begin to create a new world that he/she is struggling to understand. How will his/her talent fit into this situation, if at all?
Want more? Figment sends out writing prompts every day with our Figment Daily Themes emails. Sign up here. And if you’re in the Minneapolis area, be sure to check out The Loft. All of their winter/spring and summer youth and teen classes are now open for registration at www.loft.org. Bonus–there are full scholarships available for most classes.