Writing Prompt: Thanksgiving Rituals

We thought you might use this prompt over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. The prompt is based on an idea suggested by Don Riggs.

Take some field-notes on your holiday experiences. Describe in detail your Thanksgiving day rituals. Write from the perspective of a specific type of scholar. For instance, you might use the voice of an anthropologist. As preparation, read one or both of the following:

“‘We Gather Together’: Consumption Rituals of Thanksgiving Day” by Melanie Wallendorf and Eric J. Arnould, from The Journal of Consumer Research,  Vol. 18, No. 1 (June 1991).

For a view from 1952, “Thanksgiving Is Worldwide” by Horace Loftin, from The Science News-Letter,  Vol. 62, No. 21 (Nov. 22, 1952).

You can find the Loftin here: http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/3931471?uid=3739808&uid=2134&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21102905793321

As an alternative style, write a flash fiction piece based on your field-notes.

Naturally, you might substitute other occasions or holidays for Thanksgiving.

Thanks, Don!

Thank you Peter Krok and Manayunk Roxborough Art Center

(left to right: Dawn Manning, Kelly McQuain, Luray  Gross, Chris Cunningham, Lynn Levin, Valerie Fox, Peter Krok)
(left to right: Dawn Manning, Kelly McQuain, Luray Gross, Chris Cunningham, Lynn Levin, Valerie Fox, Peter Krok)

Thanks to Peter Krok for hosting an event featuring Poems for the Writing contributors at Manayunk Roxborough Art Center on Nov. 3. It was a wonderful afternoon of poetry and talk. Thanks to everyone who read (including Don Riggs, not pictured in photo). We hope for this to be the first of several group readings or workshop events featuring contributors.