A WRITING PROMPT FROM LAUREN SHAPIRO

Each Friday we post one new writing prompt created by a Sarabande author. Prompts like this one are included in our online Reader's Guides along with discussion questions and suggested reading to accompany each title. So if you can't wait a week for the next prompt, visit our Reader's Guide page to find them all in one place!

This week's prompt comes from Lauren Shapiro, author of Easy Math.

THE EXERCISE: CRAIGSLIST

I’m a fan of utilizing the weirdness of Craigslist. I pick a major city (New York, San Francisco) and print want ads for my students. They have to develop a character from the want ads. Then several of their characters have to meet and interact. You’d be amazed what fun and strangeness comes from this.