Sharpen your skills. During each of the four sessions, members will write in response to a “prompt,” which might be an idea, a quotation, a work of visual art, or a headline presented by the coordinator. After hearing or seeing the prompt we will spend 15-30 minutes writing our individual responses to it. The writing can take any form, such as essay, story, or poem. After the writing period, members will be invited to read their work before the group. The writing will be treated as a first draft, a start to a piece the writer can finish at a later time if they wish. Comments or critiques will be offered by the other members in the workshop. The purpose of the comments and critiques will be constructive, to identify strengths to pursue and possibly enlarge upon, looking at the notions of clarity of purpose, idea selection, writing style etc. Depending on time, there may be more than one prompt per session. The coordinator will offer the prompts for the first session and is prepared to offer them for the remaining three; however, members may volunteer to offer the prompts for the second, third, and fourth weeks of the session.