Fall is deepening in the Northwest, and the natural world is letting go in preparation for winter. Amid the shifting social, political, racial, and economic hardships we are facing as a community, our seasons are shifting as well, offering us invitations to write and reflect on change. Childe Hassam’s New England Road captures this shifting season well, and we hope it offers inspiration for your writing. Before or after you write, we encourage you to learn more about Hassam’s work and life.
We have two prompts to help you get started. As always, you can choose one, both, or write whatever else comes. Set a timer for 8 mins and just keep your pen moving.
The leaves turned the color of… / As the days grow shorter…
Writing in community is powerful. We are grateful to our longtime partner Write Around Portland for the writing prompts and inspiration. You can revisit past Sunday posts and look for continuing weekly posts through the fall. Please share your work with us! @writearoundpdx @portlandartmuseum #RespectWritingCommunity #WriteAroundPAM
Childe Hassam, New England Road, ca. 1902, oil on canvas, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wendel, public domain, 56.19