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Creative Spark: Writing Prompt Week 15

23 Nov 2022 2:04 PM | Megan Cole (Administrator)

Writing prompts and exercises can be the perfect way to move your writing project forward. Some of our members have shared their favourite writing prompts to spark your creativity.

How do we capture the experience of mystery, awe, wonder? They key is to avoid familiar tropes and worn clichés - to remain firmly in the physical world, the body, the senses. Writing that is personal and precise, described in your unique voice, will make your stories about the profound unlike any other seeker who has encountered the sublime.

Write in concrete detail about a moment of change associated with:

  • a special place
  • an unexpected everyday moment
  • a religious ritual
  • the natural world
  • a philosophical text
  • a work of art
  • an unexpected experience of awe, wonder, or one-ness
  • an awareness of a spiritual presence
  • a life-changing epiphany
  • a mystery you seek to understand

This prompt is from Nicole’s online program for memoir writers The Spark Your Story Lab. Join the waitlist at:

About Nicole Breit

Nicole Breit is an award-winning essayist, poet, and writing instructor. Her work has been widely published in journals and anthologies including Brevity, The FiddleheadRoomHippocampusPithead Chapel, Event, Swelling with Pride: Queer Conception and Adoption Stories and Getting to the Truth: The Craft and Practice of Creative Nonfiction. Nicole’s essay about first love and loss, “An Atmospheric Pressure”, was selected as a Notable by the editors of Best American Essays 2017. Learn more at

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