How to use this website as a tool

Prompt Generator: Try these 365 free writing prompts as a way to jog your creative brain.

Poetry for Strangers: Join this nation-wide project and write a new poem every week.

Email me your writing questions. I will do my best to answer them. 

Elisabeth Sharp McKetta grew up in Austin, Texas and now lives in Boise, Idaho. She is a well-loved storyteller and the author of six books: The Fairy Tales Mammals Tell (2013), described by novelist Ben Fountain as a collection of “wise, unflinching poems”; The Creative Year: 52 Workshops for Writers (2014), praised as a guidebook that “will make everyone want to write”; Poetry for Strangers Vols. I and II (2015, 2016), each a collection of fifty poems inspired from words given by strangers; Fear of the Deep (2016), an atmospheric collaboration with artist Troy Passey; and the biography Energy: The Life of John J. McKetta, Jr. (2017). 

Elisabeth has literature degrees from Harvard, Georgetown, and the University of Texas at Austin. She wrote a Ph.D. dissertation on the intersections between memoir and myth, a concept that now informs her teaching. She teaches writing at Harvard Extension School and also through private workshops. 

Elisabeth lives in a tiny house (250 sq. ft.) with her husband, two children, and a Labrador. She enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, vegan cooking, making new friends and drinking tea with old friends.