Updated: Jun 18, 2020
The idea of a writing challenge and the use of writing prompts is not new. You can find writing challenges and prompts all over the internet. But, the purpose of this particular SCW writing challenge is not to see how many words you can get on the page but to reflect on the social unrest that grips our local communities, our state, the nation, and the world.
We see things missing in the analysis of the issues related to the Black community, the picture that is painted, and the story that is told. We can no longer be content with just talking back to the political pundit on the screen or the newscaster; it is time that your ideas and opinions are to paper. Your voice is essential in keeping control of the narrative, that story told about the Black community. Views and opinions might differ, but let them come from you—your voice. We will talk about what to do with your writing later. But for now, take the challenge.
Here are the prompts:
What is missing in the media story as it relates to the Black community and #BlackLivesMatter?
What is missing in the media story as it relates to the Black community and the impact of COVID-19 on members of the African American community?
Remember - instead of thinking about what to write about, the topic has been chosen for you. No excuses on where to begin. Just start writing, we can make it pretty later.