"10 Prompts for 10 Stories: A Generative Writing Workshop” with John Pipkin

Runtime: 3:30:03    Original Class Date: 7/22/2020   Pre-Class Letter: HERE    Class Slides: HERE

Sometimes you just don’t have enough time to write. And sometimes, like, say, during a pandemic quarantine, you might have all the time in the world, but you just can’t focus on a single idea.

This video looks at strategies for focusing your creative energy in brief, fast-paced, 10-minute sessions to produce the beginnings of 10 new stories. We will make use of 10 different writing prompts, and write intensely for 10 minutes on each prompt. The goal is that by the end of the recording, you’ll be exhausted, but you’ll also have the foundations for 10 new stories that you can develop later. We spend a few minutes before each prompt discussing structures and approaches to help you think in terms of narrative, plotting, and character.  You’ll also be able to take the prompts with you after the video to use over and over again.

“10 Prompts for 10 Stories: A Generative Writing Workshop” with John Pipkin RECORDING


John Pipkin is the Director of the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas-Austin and also teaches in the low-residency MFA Program at Spalding University. Originally from Baltimore, he holds a Ph.D. in 19th-century British Literature and is the author of the critically-acclaimed novels: Woodsburner (Nan A Talese/Doubleday 2009) which won the New York Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter (Bloomsbury 2016). He has received fellowships to MacDowell, Yaddo, Dobie-Paisano, and the Gullkistan Center for Creativity in Iceland. He is also the recipient of the 2021 Harry Ransom Award for Excellence in Teaching at UT-Austin.