Think back about …

Vintage Photos

Here's a "quick take" prompt (a story you can write in 15 minutes or less): Find a favorite or vintage photo and tell the story behind it. Maybe it's a family heirloom, a relic from your photo album, or a reminder of a bygone period in your life. Who's in it?—partners, friends, close relatives, or family you never knew? Why is it meaningful to you? Share your favorite old photos forward.

Stories on This Week's Writing Prompt

Featured Story

A Grand, if not Royal, Wedding Portrait
March 5, 1895. That is the caption in my photo album. These are my grandparents, Samuel Sarason and “Lizzie” [...]

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Time in a Bottle
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I first saw this photo after my mother died. My oldest sister, who is the repository of all the family photos that my parents [...]
Placerville, 1888 — Galoots in mud boots
I had no idea that part of me had come from this place, a California boardwalk town in the northern Sierras. I’d grown up in [...]
Family of Friends
We were as close as family without the drama or angst.

Stories from the Previous Prompt

Prom

How I almost went to the prom but got even instead
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Jeff lived next door to my close friend Sherry, so I hung out at her house, trying to make myself visible without being too [...]
Prom Night Memories
My soulmate/boyfriend/future husband and father of my future children worked on me with words until I willingly released the [...]

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Think back about …

Vintage Photos

Here's a "quick take" prompt (a story you can write in 15 minutes or less): Find a favorite or vintage photo and tell the story behind it. Maybe it's a family heirloom, a relic from your photo album, or a reminder of a bygone period in your life. Who's in it?—partners, friends, close relatives, or family you never knew? Why is it meaningful to you? Share your favorite old photos forward.

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