No matter what, how, why, for whom, when or where we write, we employ some basic skill sets: observation, memory, imagination, and research. Join former Eau Claire poet laureate Bruce Taylor as he provides and discusses prompts, exercises, games, warm-ups, starters, and/or lessons to help focus, practice, and maybe, who knows even, improve those skills.
Bruce Taylor is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, where he has taught Creative Writing, Literature, and Film for over 35 years. He is the author of seven collections of poetry and editor of eight anthologies. His poetry and translations have appeared in such places as The Chicago Review, The Columbia Review, The Formalist, The Nation, The New York Quarterly, The Northwest Review, and Poetry. His fiction has appeared in such magazines as The Arabesque Review, Carve Magazine, Unlikely Stories, Slow Trains, The Vestal Review, and in anthologies such as Bar Stories, E2ink-1: the Best of the Online Journals, and You Have Time for This: Contemporary American Short-Short Stories.