Maw Shein Win

Shake-up your lockdown week with some games, writing prompts, and exercises designed to help you think outside the box—and also to have fun with your writing. While there’s a lot to worry about and be distracted by right now, for creatives, this can also be an expansive time, even an opportunity. Guest Maw Shein Win offers so many fun ideas and suggestions, even a few writing games and activities you can do with your kids (or grandkids via Zoom) to vary up their at-home days.


Maw Shein Win is a poet, editor, and educator who lives and teaches in the Bay Area. Her poetry chapbooks are Ruins of a glittering palace (SPA/Commonwealth Projects) and Score and Bone (Nomadic Press). Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press in 2018. Win is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito (2016 – 2018). She often collaborates with visual artists, musicians, and other writers. Her second full-length poetry collection Storage Unit for the Spirit House will be published by Omnidawn in fall 2020. Discover more at

Takeaway: Play!

This week’s episode has tons of ideas for writing prompts, games, and exercises you can do alone, in groups, and even with kids. During these stay-at-home months, we hope many of you will find inspiration in opening up the possibilities in your writing by trying some new experiences—and why shouldn’t that involve a little play?

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