Spruce Books (Sasquatch Books/PenguinRandomHouse) /
October 20, 2020 / Available for Order:
(If you’d like a signed copy, please buy your book from Malaprop’s, the authors’ hometown bookstore and, at checkout, add a note to have it signed.)
A guided journal perfect for everyone from developing writers to those looking to deepen their craft.
Work with award-winning poets Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown to develop your voice as a writer. Refined in classrooms around the country with students ranging from teens to senior citizens and everyone in between, these prompts are designed to get you writing.
Solidly grounded in the practice of awareness and writing though the body, this book will help deepen your self-awareness, your empathy for others, and your appreciation of your environment—inside and out. Many prompts also contain quotes from some of today’s most exciting poets to inspire and guide you.
“[I]t’s time to give yourself a gift or maybe share this lovely volume with your daughter, son, cousin, best pal, teacher, or next-door neighbor. Why not? Why keep talking yourself out of lines you might write? We’ve all read so many fascinating texts this past year and have had more than enough complicated thoughts. Write It! might be one of the friendliest poetry tool kits/notebooks ever. … Readers will learn about writers and quotations, multiple perspectives, possibilities, and tactics while feeling deeply befriended all the way. Who knows where you might go? I plan to write on every page.”
—Naomi Shihab Nye, Young People’s Poet Laureate,
January book pick for the Poetry Foundation
“Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown are two poets of presence, passion, and purpose. I am constantly learning from their brilliant poems and how they both inhabit the natural world around with them with immense light and graceful precision. This book of beautiful writing prompts is a safe space to explore the depths of your imagination, overflowing with favorite lines from beloved writers and soul-stirring questions. Write It! will help you deepen your writing practice as well as your relationship to identity, place, and community. Sometimes there is nothing more terrifying than a blank page or blinking cursor. Sometimes you need the right nudge and spark, these one hundred prompts are lit matches waiting for you”
—Tiana Clark, I Can’t Talk About The Trees Without The Blood
“Write It! is an absolute pleasure, a gentle, encouraging guide for discovering the stories around and within us. Jacobs and Brown serve as fairy godpoets, bringing us the words and wisdom of beloved writers along with prompts to inspire and embolden. This book asks us to be curious and open, to find ourselves in the mirror and on the page. It shows us how to eavesdrop on the world and our own hearts. “
—Janet McNally, The Looking Glass
“These soul-searching prompts inspire conversations with oneself, our world, and poets who have come before us. As a teacher and author, I’m equally excited about sharing this book with my students and diving in myself!”
—Nicole Kronzer, Unscripted
“If, poet, you were always suspicious of the efficacy of prompts as a poetic practice, then you need to prop open this sophisticated and deeply knowledgeable collection of ideas and inspirations. There’s nothing cute or precious about these hard-thought and useful mind and heart starters. Jacobs and Brown bring an Asheville focus on nature and openness to the page.”
—Brian Lampkin, a proprietor of Scuppernong Books, O. Henry Magazine
“Remember when you longed to be a writer as a teenager, and it seemed that inspiration was everywhere? A new book from award winning poets Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown aims to recapture those fevered days—and make you a better wordsmith in the process.”
—Christina Barber-Just, Smith Alumnae Quarterly
Prompts to cultivate curiosity and delight: