Write a story that starts with a rumor.

"You had sex with my sister." My stomach drops. My heart pumps into over drive. I can feel the blood drain from my cheeks and a prickly sensation form on the back of my neck.  Moisture accumulates on my palms and under my arms. My mouth tightens. I can't speak. I can't defend myself. I …

The moment you knew you were no longer a child

The last time I saw her, she wore an oversized sweatshirt and tight, faded jeans. She sat in the back of the classroom looking painfully bored. She had just come back from yet another stint in rehab. She was gone a week later. She had always been a cool girl, a troublemaker, like a character …

Write a short story that is set in Argentina in 1932, in which a teacup plays a crucial role.

By staring out across the great lawn, Ana could actually see the haze rising up on this sweltering summer morning. Cicadas drown out the soft melody playing on the outdoor radio. Aside from the staff of her father's estate, Ana is the fist one awake. She sits on the lounge chair under an umbrella wearing …

Write a scene that begins: “Joe was the last person on Earth I expected to do that.”

Joe was the last person on Earth I expected to do that. He always wore a cross around his neck. He kept up with his weekly chores around the house. He never missed a day of school. He actually enjoyed being an altar boy! Yet, there we all stood in the waiting room of the …

You are looking down through the skylight as chefs prepare dinner for your ex-fiance’s wedding.

This is definitely not my wedding. I definitely would not have had THAT as a choice of entrée. Those fries look good though. He loved fries...loves, I'm sure he still loves fries. He wanted a french fry volcano. I said no. I shouldn't have said no. Actually, I shouldn't have said yes in the first …

Pick a small object to be given one day to your great-grandchild. Write a letter to that child explaining why you have chosen this object.

My dearest great grandchild, If you are reading this, than in your hand is a shot glass. You may be wondering why. Why would my great-grandmother give me a shot glass? You see, this shot glass signifies so much more than the contents it's meant to hold. Let's start with the decor. On it are …

A storm destroys your uncle’s shed and kills his six-year-old son. Describe the color of the sky right before the storm hit.

It's the color that when you were young, would make your stomach flip inside out. The color Momma called ominous, although you were never really sure what that meant. It's all the wrong colors a sky should be at 3:00 on a sunny Summer day. Before the sky changed color, it was the perfect blue, …

What could have happened to you in high school that would have altered the course of your life?

The whole truth and nothing but the truth... I consider the year 2009 to be possibly one of the hardest years of my life, thus far. I was 15 years old, a sophomore. Going into high school, I only had a few friends. By sophomore year, that number dwindled until there was not a single …