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A Digression: Iowa’s Family Values (A Writing Prompt)

When in the course of Vehry Intahrchesting events, we pause to consider the fiction/creative nonfiction opportunities offered by Steven W. Thrasher’s Op-Ed contribution to today’s New York Times.

Read Iowa’s Family Values and come back for the prompt.


“Iowa Family values” is an Op-ed of a personal nature. Search for places in his piece where he could open into a creative nonfiction essay. Work on a version that would result his last sentence, already touching, resonating soundly with that sense of “something beyond ourselves.”


Make the piece fiction. A great deal of his family history is available on-line. Or: start makin’ stuff up.

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