Creative Writing Prompt for August 17

Wednesday, Aug 2, 2017

Our Creative Writing Group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. (Starting in September we'll meet the 1st and 3rd Monday) We are working through the exercises in Brian Kiteley's The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction. The assignment for August 17 is Gravediggers - 162.

Write a fragment of a story about a workplace of any kind (the coin-wrapping machine operators in the vault of a Federal Reserve Bank; gravediggers; waiting tables at a truck stop off an interstate; a travel agency). Make sure the reader understands how the job works, what the intricacies of the process are, and integrate those intricacies into the plot of a story. It would be best if you use a job you have some experience with, or at least a job similar to one you've had (or perhaps take the job experience of an older sibling). A key to this exercise is to find--or make up--a job in which we can see the possibilities for enjoyment. 600 words

When I operated the coin-wrapping machines in the vault of the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis in the summer of 1977, I loved the way these complex, terrifying machines quickly became familiar--their smells, the things that frequently went wrong with them, the way I could manage to work less by keeping one or two machines always on the fritz. I also enjoyed the two deaf workers who thrived in this brutally noisy environment. One met his wife in the bill-sorting department. He was walking with his buddy, and they casually signed each other that this one woman in the predominantly womans' work area, behind a glass wall, had beautiful breasts. The woman was looking right at them, as they indicated this by sign language. It turned out that she was also deaf, and she signed right back at them, "Thank you very much."

Come with six copies of your completed assignment to share. We'll discuss and provide feedback. First time? Feel free to come and observe before jumping in.

NOTE: After August 17 this group will move to the 1st and 3rd Monday. Information can be found at