Dear Neighbor Suggested Writing Prompts

These prompts are provided to help get your writing (and wondering) juices flowing - it’s up to you whether you use one or more, or none. Write on!

Write about the place where you live or a community where you feel at home. What makes it unique or unusual? Is there anything about your place or your community that you feel is misunderstood by people outside of it? What might help people understand it better.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, different communities, elected leaders, and institutions have responded differently. What have you learned from the response to the virus? Has your understanding of the values your community holds or the systems that support it changed?

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Whether you’re a 3rd generation orchardist, a member of the Yakama Nation, or a recent addition – we all have stories about how we’ve ended up living here in the Gorge. What’s yours?

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Imagine that tomorrow morning, you woke up and read the news that the pandemic was over! Life everywhere could safely return to normal. Tell us about what that first day might look like for you. What would you want to do? Where might you go? Who might you see? What are you most looking forward to in the post-pandemic future?

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Introduce us to someone who has made a positive difference in your life. A teacher, a spouse, a neighbor(!)…how did you and this person cross paths? Did you have any assumptions about this person prior to meeting? Did anything change once you got to know them? What did they do that made your life a little better?