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Tarot for Writers Workshops

A Machine for Writing Stories

Most people think of tarot cards as a fortune-telling device, but they’re also a great tool for writing and creative thinking. Writers from John Steinbeck to Stephen King have used tarot cards for inspiration, and Italian novelist Italo Calvino went so far as to call the tarot “a machine for writing stories.”

Corrine Kenner, the owner of the Vintage Cottage, is also the author of “Tarot for Writers.” Together, we’ll use the cards to create characters, establish backstory, develop story lines, and enhance scenes and settings. No previous knowledge of tarot is required.

Bring a notebook or a laptop, and a deck of tarot cards if you have one. Tarot cards are also available for sale at the Vintage Cottage.


Writers’ Open Studio

No rules. Just write.

Join us every Wednesday at 5 p.m. for an hour of uninterrupted writing time. This isn’t a class, a workshop, or a critique group. Instead, it’s a rare opportunity to indulge your passion for writing and nurture your creative gifts, in a quiet, comfortable writing studio.

Bring your laptop or a notebook and pen. Light refreshments will be provided.


Flash Fiction Fridays

Inspiration in an Instant

Come to Flash Fiction Fridays at the Vintage Cottage, and you’ll find yourself writing short stories that will amaze your friends and make fans of your foes. Best of all, you’ll write them in a flash!

All Writers Welcome

Whether you’re a newbie or a pro, you’ll have fun with Flash Fiction Fridays. They’re an easy way to get back into a regular writing habit, or learn how to write short stories from scratch. All writers are welcome — even if you haven’t picked up a pen since high school.

Our Guide

We use the Flash Fiction guidebook by Corrine Kenner, the owner of the Vintage Cottage. Copies are available on Amazon.com and at the Vintage Cottage antique shop.

What Other Writers Say about “Flash Fiction”

  • Robert Carreon rated it 5 out of 5 stars: “It was amazing! Imagination for the mind. Great little book to jump start your imagination. Downloaded to Kindle Fire so it’s always with me along with Elements of Style.”
  • Emily Dickerson rated it rated it 5 out of 5 stars: “So great; hysterical to see what it gives you!!”
  • Latina Gringa rated it 5 out of 5 stars: “A ‘must-have’ for writers! Flash Fiction is a ‘must-have’ for writers. Corrine serves the ideas on a silver platter through these inexhaustible lists. I have written dozens of stories due to this gem that sits on my night table. ‘Writer’s block’ no longer has to be part of your vocabulary. You want to write? Here are the prompts, now GO!”
  • Lourdes Diaz rated it 5 out of 5 stars: “This is a very useful manual. With very simple instructions and picking a word from each of the lists, you will build sentences that serve as inspiration for a book, a short story, or even a scene that’s calling for some spark. We have lots of fun using it in our weekly writers group. It’s a flash of imagination.”

How It Works

Flip through the book. Simply choose a single word or phrase from each of the five sections, in order, and then turn those selections into a sentence.

Section 1. descriptions (adjectives)
Section 2. characters (nouns)
Section 3. actions (verbs)
Section 4. plot twists (objects)
Section 5. settings (more nouns)

It’s easy, because the sections are arranged like parts of speech. Add a few articles and prepositions, and you have a premise for a story.

Here’s a sample prompt to show you how it works.

Section 1. descriptions (adjectives): vengeful
Section 2. characters (nouns): historian
Section 3. actions (verbs): steals
Section 4. plot twists (objects): movie script
Section 5. settings (more nouns): coffee shop

The finished prompt: A vengeful historian steals a movie script in a coffee shop.

Look for combinations that amuse and intrigue you. Feel free to make changes, substitutions, and additions. You might find a garbage man in the list — but you’ll soon discover that your garbage man is actually a garbage woman, or a trash-picking hobo, or an environmentally sensitive vampire who sleeps in a landfill. Let your characters drive the story.

You can also play fast and loose with the grammar. You’re welcome to turn nouns into verbs, or objects into adjectives. Maybe your character isn’t a ghost. Maybe he’s just ghostly.

You can change verb conjugations, too. If your hero isn’t inflicting wounds, for example, maybe he’s the one being wounded.

Feel free to make the most of the suggestions in this booklet. Remember that they’re starting points, not final destinations — and let them take you into a story that practically writes itself.