Maps and Writing

Maps have a long history of inspiring. One of my favorite concepts comes from ancient maps. You know, the kind with sea monsters in the boarders. These undefined areas are where borders (the map-kind and the personal-kind) get blurred, and as a result, all those fascinating hybrid monsters are created. Half-snake, half-fish. Half-eagle, half-lion. Half-horse, half-human. Maps help create things!


Thing about home or the place you grew up and draw a map with words of that place. Don’t leave a detail out. Use revision to create multiple atmospheres for three poems examining this location. Extra credit if you can incorporate a monster!