Prompt to Page with Ellen Birkett Morris

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 14

For our fourteenth episode, we talk to Ellen Birkett Morris, author of Lost Girls. Ellen shares three writing prompts: a poetry prompt, a fiction prompt, and a food writing prompt.

Ellen began writing creatively when she was in her mid-thirties. She encourages listeners to “embrace your identity as a writer. If you’re writing, you are a writer. You don’t have to feel intimidated or competitive or any of those things.”

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About Ellen Birkett Morris

Ellen Birkett Morris, a white woman with long dark hair and brown eyes. She is wearing dark glasses and smiling.

Ellen Birkett Morris is the author of Lost Girls, winner of the Pencraft Award, and finalist for the Clara Johnson, IAN and Best Book awards, and the poetry chapbooks Surrender and Abide. Her work has appeared in Antioch Review, Shenandoah, and South Carolina Review, among other journals. Morris received grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation and Kentucky Foundation for Women and a fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council. She holds an MFA from Queens University-Charlotte.

Join the Prompt to Page Writing Group

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 6:00 p.m.

Spend time working on a cross-genre writing prompt, get feedback, and share writing and publishing tips with a supportive community of other writers. Open to all writing levels and genres (fiction, poetry, memoir, family stories, etc.).

Registration is required.

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We’d love to see what you’re writing! Submit a response to one of Ellen’s prompts for a chance to have it read on a future episode of the podcast.