Literary Roadshow

The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library opens in Indianapolis

The last time I was ready to set out for Indianapolis on a literary pilgrimage, I’d charted a course to my alma mater, Butler University, to see one of my favorite writers of all time speak—Kurt Vonnegut Jr. After a brief Indiana sighting and a failed attempt to catch him at the ACLU’s annual...

Remembering Jim Carroll in Prompts

Hey writers, Here’s to poet, memoirist and rock n’ roller Jim Carroll, who recently died, reportedly working away at his desk. Carroll is perhaps best known for the chronicle of his heroin addiction and youth, The Basketball Diaries, which was raw, disturbing and poignant. Thus, today, I offer a pair of Literary Roadshow prompts...

Monday Creativity Wake-Up Call: Cynic!

Hey writers, In a Monday Kentucky State Fair hangover of nachos and cheese, midway games (I won a stuffed banana, which I claimed, perplexed), blue grass poultry, blue and white cows, Pineapple Whips, super-sugar-enhanced lemonade, a roomful of prize rabbits, a flea market with miracle products galore, a Bald Eagle, tater tots, a 1,000-pound...

Your Monday Creativity Wake-Up Call: The Ultimate Secret

Hey writers, I stumbled upon some old essays this weekend, and came across one of the most intriguing craft quotes I’ve ever read, courtesy of George Orwell and his piece “Why I Write”: “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such...

Promptly Kick-Off Part 2: The Doctor is In

Hey writers, Welcome to part two of the Promptly Kick-Off Breaking-Block Challenge. (I’ve been considering making the title even wordier, but have thus far resisted all tantalizing options.) The first prompt has generated some great responses from a broad range of voices and styles, and it’s been a thrill to read everyone’s interpretations. If...