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Prompt to Page with Shawn Pryor

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 12

For our twelfth episode, we talk to Shawn Pryor, author of the graphic novel series Cash and Carrie and a guest at this year’s Comic Surge. Shawn describes the collaborative process of writing graphic novels and shares three of his favorite prompts. He explains how he uses writing prompts both when he’s working on books and when he just wants to have fun.

Shawn believes that too many writers are under the impression that “if it’s not perfect off the jump, then it’s not going to work.” He says, “There is no such thing as perfection. None…. And you limit yourself if you think that perfection is the only way that you’re gonna be able to tell your story.”

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About Shawn Pryor

Author Shawn Pryor

Shawn Pryor’s (he/him) work includes the middle-grade graphic novel series Cash and Carrie, the 2019 Glyph Nominated sports graphic novel F.O.R.C.E., and several books for Capstone’s Jake Maddox Sports and Adventure prose series, and Kids Sports Stories children’s books. Currently, he’s the writer of the hi-lo reader series The Gamer with illustrator Francesca Ficorilli and the upcoming middle-grade graphic novel Fast Break with illustrator Courtney Hahn.

In his free time, he enjoys reading, cooking, listening to streaming music playlists, and talking about why Zack from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is the greatest Black superhero of all time.

He is represented by Kelly Sonnack of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

Join the Prompt to Page Writing Group

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 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.


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