Prompt to Page with Christopher Rowe

Each month, we interview a published writer who shares their favorite writing prompt. Whether you’re just getting started or have written for years, you’ll find ideas and advice to inspire you and help you become a better writer.

Prompt to Page is brought to you in partnership with the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

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For Christopher Rowe, author of The Navigating Fox, writing prompts can help generate work when he’s feeling stuck. In fact, one of his first stories to be widely published, translated into a dozen different languages, and reviewed in The New York Times was based on a writing prompt.

Christopher’s favorite prompt will challenge you to rethink some of the decisions you’ve already made in a piece of writing. “Because I think that if you’re going to write from a prompt at all, in any circumstance,” he says, “you should just go with it…. If you’re going to trust the prompt, you have to trust yourself to work with it.”

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About Christopher Rowe

Christopher Rowe’s stories have been published, reprinted, and translated around the world, and he has been a finalist for many internationally recognized awards. His most recent book is a novella from Tordotcom Publishing, The Navigating Fox, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly

Locus Magazine said that Rowe’s stories are “as smooth and heady as good Kentucky bourbon.”