Oklahoma farm, NYC tenement, Gulf Coast fishermen, where were your ancestors in the 1920′s when Gatsby held his parties on the Gold Coast? Would you have been invited? Would you have been serving drinks? Was your family in another part of the world?
I imagine I would have been serving Martinis on a little black tray that matched my apron back then. Or maybe, by some miracle, I would have made the guest list.
Here on Long Island’s “Gold Coast,” the North Shore, Gatsby is very much alive and on camera. We refer to towns as East Egg, hike the rocky beaches, and visit Teddy Roosevelt’s taxidermy specimens at Sagamore Hill.
And at night, parties happen. They still happen. There are places to make it happen.
One of my favorite places for parties and writing is on the grounds of the Glen Cove Mansion. I pretend I live there.
This summer, I will live there with a small group of writers. Will you be one of them?
I don’t like to promote my own projects, but I’m really excited to share this amazing opportunity! My friend and Literary Agent, Linda Epstein, and I will be hosting the “2013 Writing and Yoga Retreat.” Here’s the deal: Our retreat will be filled with guided inspiration to explore your work in progress, workshops to delve deeper into your writing, delicious food, and the company of other writers who are serious about their writing. There will also be dinner and conversation with some of the publishing industry’s top experts, and the opportunity to participate in twice daily yoga instruction.
Come, write with us – Gatsby style. But hurry, we have a limited number of spots so apply now!
Now, back to our prompts. You may want to have a copy of Gatsby on your desk. Enjoy & keep writing!
WRITING PROMPT # 71:
- Assuming you were not alive in the 1920′s, imagine where you would be. Look to your ancestors or imagine an American persona. Write a poem or essay that recalls something from the time before the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. Pluck from the Harlem Renaissance, Woman’s Suffrage Movement or “Golden Age”.
- Let one of your characters read “The Great Gatsby” (or any other novel) and then write down his or her thoughts about the characters and themes that weave through the book. Get into the head of your character by seeing how they read the world. How would he or she feel about Gatsby? Outraged at the excess? In love with the excess? A little bit of both? Do you and your character react the same? Write the conversation down. What did you learn about your character?
WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED WRITING:
- Share your take on the Twenties. Post your writing here by leaving a “comment” below this post.
- If you enjoy these free prompts and want to write in Gatsby country, apply to our Writing and Yoga Retreat running this summer July 25-28th!
- Follow me on Facebook, visit www.stefanielipsey.com or Writing Yoga® to find events and share ideas.
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