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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Time to Write Tuesday--Writing Prompt 6/30/09

Happy almost July! Here's your writing prompt:

Make a list of memorable family vacations. Pick one and add two sensory details to it (smell, taste, sound, touch, sight). Write for 10 minutes.

And if you're feeling in need of more writing inspiration, we have two fabulous one day classes coming up:

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Time to Write Tuesday: Writing Prompt 6/23

Here's your writing prompt for the week:

Make a list of your best and worst experiences with alcohol and drugs. Pick one and write about it for 10-15 minutes.
Have fun!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I Heart LA: Five Steps to Knowing Your City Better Than Your Friends Do

By Kimberly Faith Waid

Kimberly, a writer for Metromix, gave us her top picks for things to do in Los Angeles before she moved to NYC.

Outdoor Movies
One of the biggest perks to being an Angelino is LA’s temperate climate. It comes as no surprise that a few good folks decided to screen movies outdoors. Cinespia hosts movies from The Exorcist to McCabe and Mrs. Miller at the legendary Hollywood Forever Cemetery. After donating ten bucks (parking is five) lug your picnic gear along the gothic scenic trail. Recommendation: get there early.
If cemeteries wig you out, then go downtown for Devil’s Night Drive In which mostly screens films of the eighties from Big to Goonies. You can party from your car (I suggest backing in and sitting in the back) or you can park on the Astroturf up front. It may not be like our parents knew it, but you still get sound on an FM transmitter, and girls on roller-skates will serve you nachos if you flash your lights.

Free Wine, Art & Eye Candy
The second Thursday of every month is the Downtown Art Walk, where a myriad of art galleries and museums show their finest artwork whilst offering patrons free wine and cheese. Maps and a full participating gallery listing are all online. They even have a shuttle named The Hippodrome so the ladies can wear heels and hide their inability to walk a straight line. You’ll get your cultural fix, and you’ll also get an excuse to end the night with nachos from Pete’s and a cold beer from Bar 107.
A Bus Ride Not Suitable for Grandma (unless she carries a flask)
The last time I rode a bus it was a Greyhound, and it was snowing heavily. The bus driver claimed he was too sleepy so he wouldn’t turn the heat on. There I was: shaking in my shoes while my smelly neighbor’s head crashed on my shoulder. I thought that I’d never want to ride a bus again. But then I found Esotouric. Their drivers are funny, brainy, and eager to show you the old stomping grounds of Charles Bukowski or John Fante. Murder mystery aficionados will get their fix in The Black Dahlia bus tour. These tours are sure to satisfy both your inner nerd and rebel.

Trannies, Burlesque & Wrestling
Lucha Va Voom is one of my favorite LA insider events. Lucha is the only place where in one night, you can spend time with a masked man of superhero strength, a pasties adorned burlesque dancer, a midget dressed as a chicken, and an ambisexual hula hooper. Come in good spirits or the ear splitting, pants ripping, bodice busting action won’t be as exciting as it’s intended to be. Housed in the Mayan, Lucha is so thrilling that it will be painful when it’s your turn to get beers and you have to miss a mere five minutes of the show. Don’t be surprised if on the way out, you see patrons collapsed in a ball of sweat from hollering.

Listening to a Stranger’s Middle School Journal
No matter where you’re from, you probably spent your middle school years passing notes, signing yearbooks, and staying up late with friends dishing on your latest burning love. Mortified, a monthly show, allows the very brave to dig out their old journals and read them to an audience who is laughing with them and AT them. Highlighted in the This American Life series on NPR (listen on the Best of This American Life – 2006), Mortified will make you laugh and cringe as you relate to and gasp at others’ romantic catastrophes.

Here are a few other places Kimberly enjoys with giddy fanfare:

All Star Lanes

Melrose Trading Post

Barnsdall Art Park

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Time to Write Tuesday--Free Writing Prompt

Here's a fun prompt: Make a list of things that you find in the forest or in the ocean. Pick your favorite off of your list and add a sensory detail to it. Now spend 10 minutes comparing some part of your life to the forest or ocean item (ex. my life is like a spastic squirrel).
I just returned from the Grand Canyon, Sedona and the Coconino National Forest, so here's a couple pictures from those places.

If you are yearning for a regular summer writing practice or you have a novel, screenplay, or writing project you've always wanted to complete, Aaron Henne's terrific So You Want To Be A Writer and Finishing School classes start next week. Call 323-333-2954 or email to sign up!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Time To Write Tuesday - Free Writing Prompt

Those Ziploc baggies filled with Amish Friendship Bread starter sourdough are making the rounds again.  That takes me back to the 70's, when my Mom was always making super yummy Herman Coffee Cake with that stuff. Which brings me to your FREE writing prompt for this Time To Write Tuesday!

What was the best food that Mom (or Dad) used to make for you?  What was the worst? Make a list of the tastiest and/or most cringe worthy.  Pick one and write it out!  
Write for 10 minutes over lunch or tonight while you are waiting for the pizza delivery guy. 

If that leaves your pen hungry, there is more homemade inspiration at Writing Pad this summer! We only have a few spots left for Aaron Henne's Finishing School (with an all new format!) and Tim Grierson's personal essay workshop series, So You Want to Go to Harvard: Inside the Personal Essay. Adel will be whipping up some amazing gourmet dishes such as polenta with truffled onion relish and baked apples with caramel sauce, just like mom used to make! 

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Weekly Writing Prompt: Happy Hump Day!

Here's a writing prompt to help you get through this rainy Wednesday! Make a list of four to five foods that you love that others find strange or low brow (mine are Slim Jims, Twizzlers, KFC coleslaw, Cheez Whiz--yes it's true). Pick one and write for 10 minutes!

And, if you are craving more concentrated writing inspiration, check out Writing Pad's summer writing classes! There are just a couple of spots left in Tim Grierson's "Spice Up Your Settings Pt II"and Aaron Henne's "So You Want To Be A Writer" class. We will serve you tasty gourmet food like tuffled mac and cheese and blackberry crumble with home-made ginger ice-cream, not Cheez Whiz! :)