Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Father and Me - A Writing Prompt for Our Read-Around

Arguably, it is only when we come to terms with our fathers that, as women, we achieve self-realization.

Many of you in the Circle like a monthly writing prompt so here it is:  Write a story where you and your father take center stage.  This could be a snapshot from childhood, or one where you and your father danced together at your wedding - yes, that's me and Dad pictured here - or where you and your dad had a heart-to-heart after he had aged and was frail.  You decide.

Try to give us - the reader/listener - a rich portrayal; one that shows, instead of tells, the relationship and dynamic between you and your father; the way he looked at you, his mannerisms and his dialogue and how this affected you then and, perhaps, years later in how you viewed yourself as a woman and viewed men. 

This is a tough one. As poet and author Maxine Kumin wrote: "The hardest poem I ever wrote was about my father . . . I was terrified of writing it."

As always, if you prefer to bring something else to the Circle, please do that.  This is merely a suggestion, a prompt. 

See you at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 8 at Wellington Square Bookshop in Exton.  As a side note, I will discuss how memoir can transform and heal at a talk and booksigning later that day at the Henrietta Hankin Branch Library in West Vincent Township, Chester County, beginning at 2 p.m.  I would love to have you join me for that or mention it to a friend.  Thank you.

All the best to my Sisters in the Writing Circle,


D.M. SOLIS said...

Great prompt, Susan. The best one I've seen in some time. So good, in fact, I wish I'd thought of it. Brava! Peace and continued good things for you, Dear One.


Susan G. Weidener said...

Thanks, Diane. It is great to hear from you again. Glad you thought the prompt was a good one. I wrote a piece and began to understand (I think) a little more about my dad.
Happy New Year and good things for you in 2011!