The following vignette was written in response to the prompt,“Squander.” Note that the author uses excerpts from literature as a jumping off point. Also note the poetic structure that causes the reader to absorb the author’s rhythm and emphasis. Further enriching the story are … [Read more...] about Phonies
Personal History Samples
Personal Histories can take many forms, from narrative to expository, to poetic. They can include images of all types. They come alive when inspired by anniversaries--both personal and historic. Readers become actively engaged when you combine the two. Be sure to include sensory references, as well as cultural references so your reader will be brought into the experience on several levels.
Here's a vignette inspired by the upcoming anniversary of the 1967 Detroit Rio. Note how the connection between the past and the present, along with powerful cultural reference points, sensory images, and the poetic format, bring the the reader right into the author's memory: SOMETHIN'S … [Read more...] about Somethin’s Burnin’
The following vignette was written in response to the prompt, “Caucus,” during the early months of the 2016 election year. It provides a perspective on the Democratic process that is both familiar and unique. The title sets the tone for what will be a chaotic experience. Note the cultural reference … [Read more...] about Caucus
The following Personal History vignette, SIGNS OF MY TIME, was written in response to the prompt: “Signs.” Note the cultural references, including ee cummings’ poem, “Old Age Sticks,” the 1949 Ford, and post-war-era suburbia. Note also, the wide range of sentence lengths and … [Read more...] about Signs
The following Personal History vignette was in response to the prompt, “Challenges.” Note the play on the well-known phrase,“The thrill of Victory, the Agony of Defeat.” This establishes a sardonic tone, and creates anticipation for how the author will deal with obstacles. Note the cultural … [Read more...] about Challenges
Here is a Personal History-in-Progress Sample that was prompted by the topic: Describe a moment that changed your life. Have you ever noticed how when a little puddle of ignorance in a dark corner of your brain is unexpectedly illumined by a flash of the obvious, that your mind experiences a … [Read more...] about Change of Life