SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Ignite the Spark!

Ignite the Spark logo artwork by Demetrios Liollio

Ignite the Spark 

Designed for writers and illustrators, alike, this Carolinas members-only group meets virtually on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM Eastern. Write or illustrate with friends over Zoom and share your work. To sign up for the next meeting, check this month’s newsletter. 

 

MicroᐧFiction noun, a short story told in under 250 words.  

 

What We Will Do 

-Choose one of the five writing prompts or the illustration prompt we will share when we meet live. Some of these will have optional “restrictions” you could choose for an extra challenge. (It can help to add limitations when creating a small story in a short time frame.)
-Write your story in 250 words or less or draw your illustration within 30 minutes.
-When finished, there will be time for participants to read their stories and reveal their illustrations. Be brave!

 

Consider  

EMOTION, MYSTERY, COLOR
Think of your story as one scene from a larger work – jump into the middle of the action!  

 

Online Resources  

MicroFiction: An Anthology of Really Short Stories, ed. Jerome Stern Preview (Intro & one story)
How to Write Micro-Fiction 

 

Afterwards 

Keep working on it! Polish your story or illustration, and then post it on our Facebook page
Did you know that this page contains 235 words? See you soon!

 

This meeting is an SCBWI safe space, and as such attendees agree to abide by the SCBWI Anti-Harassment policy.