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Prompt to Page With Claudia Love Mair

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.

Listen to Episode 11

For our eleventh episode, we talk to Claudia Love Mair, author and coordinator of the Carnegie Center’s Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative. Claudia Love discusses the importance of names in her life and shares a prompt that will make you see your own name—and yourself—in a new way.

Claudia Love advises all writers to “stay open. All around you are prompts. There are prompts in the trees and in the clouds and in your mother’s face. So, don’t look at prompts as only being, you know, words on paper or something that you get at a workshop, something in the books. There are prompts all around you. Take advantage and keep writing.”

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About Claudia Love Mair

Claudia Love Mair, a Black woman wearing a colorful turban and glasses. She wears bright red lipstick and is leaning her head in her hand.

Claudia Love Mair is the author of eleven books, including a memoir, Don’t You Fall Now, a biography, and eight novels. She holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding University, and is the coordinator for the Carnegie Center’s  Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative. She lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky. 

Join the Prompt to Page Writing Group

Wednesday, July 27, 6:00 p.m.

Spend time working on a writing prompt adapted from the Prompt to Page podcast, get feedback, and share writing tips with a supportive community of other writers. Open to all writing levels. New members always welcome.

Registration is required.


We’d love to see what you’re writing! Submit your response to Claudia Love’s prompt for a chance to have it read on a future episode of the podcast.