Prompt Class: Doll Stories

Some of the dolls that will be used in this week's prompt.

Some of the dolls that will be used in this week’s prompt.

Today we were able to hear the results of last week’s prompt. We had discussed how an anthology of prompts from the class would read. After hearing the wide variety of approaches to the same topic, I think that would be an interesting book.

Hearing the stories is like looking out of the same window to be greeted by a different view each time. Publishing a collection of prompts sounds like a good idea at this point.

Now, on to what out students are working on this week. Each student was given an identical doll. Their task is to turn the doll into a character and then write a story about that character. They can also write the story first, and then modify the doll to suite what they wrote. The idea is to think creatively using our eyes, hands and words. Helpful tip: remove doll faces by wiping them clean with nail polish remover.

Authors have the option to loan their finished dolls to appear in artwork pertaining to The Bitter Suites, a collection of stories I’ve been working on lately.

This week I’ve been struggling with a chest cold and I felt drained and unenthusiastic during class, but I can’t help but be excited at the fantastic writing opening up in this Thursday classroom.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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