Weekly Writing Prompt #35

It’s Banned Books Week! This is an annual celebration of the Freedom to Read. Founded in 1982, Banned Books Week raises awareness of the fact that people are still trying to ban books and highlights the value of free and open access to information. Libraries and others in the book community use the week to show support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

During most of the 20th century, Australia was one of the strictest censors in the western world. Most imported publications were closely inspected before being released, and Australia frequently banned what was considered suitable reading in other countries such as Europe and America.

The Commonwealth Customs Department, which had the authority to prohibit imports, kept a reference library of around 15,000 books, magazines and comics banned in Australia between the 1920s and the 1970s.

Some of my favourite books were once considered unsuitable including To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Bridge to Terabithia, even the Harry Potter series.

This week’s prompt comes from one such banned book, The Grapes of Wrath.

Fredrick Kearney Jr

Weekly Writing Prompt #7

Last week was International Women's Day. The day itself is a celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and a call-to-action to progress gender parity.

We are witnessing a significant change and attitudinal shift in society's thoughts about women's equality right now. Unfortunately, women are still not paid equally to that of their male colleagues, we are still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men. However, things are changing. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, women can work and have a family, and we do have real choices. So each year, the world inspires women and celebrates their achievements through International Women's Day, March 8.

Use this weeks prompt to write about a great female role model in your life? Why is she so important to you? Or, write about yourself and how fierce you are!

Ian Schneider

Weekly Writing Prompt #6

It's March! I can't quite believe how quickly this year is slipping by. This month I'm taking part in The March Charge with Cancer Council and telling cancer where to go! Sadly cancer still takes too many of us. I've pledged to walk at least 50 kilometers over the month of March. It’s going to be a challenge, but it’s nothing compared to those who experience cancer.

In honour of all the walking we'll be doing this month, this week's prompt is below. 

Pawel Nolbert

If anyone would like to donate to The March Charge you can visit my fundraiser page here.

Weekly Writing Prompt #5

Today is the birthday of my other half. I love birthdays. It doesn't even have to be mine. It's such a great excuse to celebrate and eat cake. I love trying to surprise my partner but it's not something I'm great at. He usually guesses, which totally infuriates me. So in honour of his birthday and yet another attempt to surprise him, this week's prompt is "Surprise!". Get creative. Your character could be walking through the door and hear people yell surprise or perhaps they're waiting in the dark ready to surprise someone else.

Sebastian Leon Prado

And Happy Birthday to those of you celebrating this week! I hope someone surprises you.

Weekly Writing Prompt #4

Last week I was honored to speak with a gentleman from the the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme. They provide online volunteering opportunities that allow organisations and volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges – anywhere in the world, from any device. I've been volunteering for the UNV for over 6 months now and not only am I contributing to sustainable human development but I have also been able to develop my skills and take on new roles that my professional life wouldn't normally provide.

This time I have been lucky enough to work with the UNV directly in reviewing and editing some of their communications to other volunteers around the world.  

If you would like to become involved in the UNV online programme, sign up and check out the many opportunities available that will suit your skills here.

Keeping with the theme of volunteerism, this week's prompt is:

Emma Frances Logan

Please note: this is not a paid post and I am not a representative of the UNV or the United Nations.

Weekly Writing Prompt #3

I'm not one to celebrate Valentine's Day in any major way. I might make a nice dinner or occasionally give a card, but generally it's not a big deal in our house. But it is Valentine's Day today so why not put pen to paper in the name of love or in this case, Cupid. Have some fun with this. If love is your thing then go for it but this could really take you anywhere.

Jason Leung

Weekly Writing Prompt #1

Did you make a New Year's resolution this year? Was it to write daily? Monthly? Or just more regularly? Me too. Have you started? Me neither. So as a bit of a kick in the backside to myself, I have decided to share some writing prompts each week in the hope that by inspiring you, I too will become inspired and put pen to paper a little more.

So to kick it off, here is the first:

Sergey Zolkin

Please feel free to post what you've written. I'd love to see what you come up with!

I know I should have started this at the beginning of the month/year but I figure it is never too late to share a bit of inspiration!