Archive for January, 2009

January 30, 2009

January 30, 2009

Jan. 30

This date in 1969, the Beatles made their last public performance.
Music often brings back strong sensory images to us. Some songs relate to specific people and events. Does a song relate to a special person in your life? A special time? Write about that music, song, or even a stanza that may hold meaning for you.

Or perhaps there was a moment of coincidence/serendipity? You were thinking about that person and suddenly their song comes on the radio?

You can also take your memories and sensory experiences another step and create a short story or poem of your own.

**Today, take special notice of each and every sound you encounter. Appreciate them. Think about their tone, their quality, rhythm and cadence. Describe them with details you may use later for future writings.

Make a Date with Writing

January 29, 2009

Make a Date with Writing Jan. 29, 2009

I’m author Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff, and I’m beginning a blog today that will tie in dates in history with ideas to inspire your imaginations. We all have days where we stare at our computer screens or the blank piece of paper in front of us and say, “What shall I write about? What shall I draw?” I hope these prompts will spark something within you for your creative project.

This date in 1959, Disney released Sleeping Beauty in the movie theaters. (One of my favorite fairy tales)

Write a fairy tale of your own. Or take an old fairy tale, and give it a new and exciting twist. Update it, combine a bunch of fairy tale characters together, mix and match and presto. Your own fairy tale.

And . . . if you’d like to take this another step . . . illustrate your fairy tale in any medium you choose.

**Reminder** If you are a Contra Costa middle school student, you can enter the California Writers Club Mt. Diablo Young Writers Contest FREE as many times as you like. Categories are short stories, poems, and personal narratives/essays. See or for specifics.