Prompt #25: Totally Retro
The Southeast Review http://southeastreview.org/regimen.html#regimen runs a pretty amazing Writers Regimen twice a year. For $15, subscribers get a cool batch of daily writing prompts, links to podcasts, riff words to play with, reading exercises, etc. I’ve participated for several years and have never regretted it. The subscription has allowed the journal to continue, despite several years of budget constraints from the university. Not to mention, the subscribers get to participate with other poets and writers from around the country. I wanted to share a sample of the Regimen, without giving too much away—after all, that program works hard to keep the Regimen going each year.
Totally Retro —
Ezra Pound might encourage us to “Make it new,” but there’s something to be said for revisiting the past and discovering the wonders it contains. There’s a reason (beyond pure profit) popular movies get remade, wonderful old TV shows become new movies, and people will never stop rewriting fairy tales. Take this opportunity to revisit something from your past (go further back if you prefer) and give it new life through your writing. Rehash a memorable event, retell a story you once heard, rewrite someone else’s work to give it the ending you would have preferred: the point is to explore the past and practice your skills in reclaiming this as your own