7 Prompts for Stronger Writing

Connect with your voice through Seven Invitations, a writing journey from Voice & Vessel. This free writing guide will help you discover new stories and fill the blank page. 


An invitation to your voice...
for wherever you are in the writing journey.

Everyone has a unique voice. We all carry stories waiting to be told, whether we've written for years or have yet to start. You're invited to connect with them in a weeklong, at-home writing journey.

This little book is a free, 11-page download that I send to every reader of my studio letters. My hope is that Seven Invitations will feed your creative spirit and bring you closer to parts of your story that only you could tell. It's an invitation to free and wholehearted writing.

Writing Prompts to Meet Your Voice

I included seven of my favorite writing prompts in Seven Invitations. These are prompts that I've used personally and in my workshops to connect more deeply with voice. Each one will invite you to a different part of your imagination or memory and help you generate lots of new writing... whether you've written for a long time or are just getting familiar with the empty page.

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Creative Practices to Get Writing

In addition to seven invitations to your voice and story, I've included suggested creative practices. Any writing journey involves a little risk, no matter how long you've written. It's the deep breath before jumping in, never knowing what could show up on the page. That's why I offered a handful of practices to open yourself to writing freely, quiet inner critics, and honor your creative life.

Your Guide for this Writing Journey


I'm Emily Stoddard, a writer, workshop leader, and the founder of Voice & Vessel. Voice & Vessel is based in Michigan, and I support creative folks wherever the muse calls. In addition to weekly writing workshops in Grand Rapids, I offer online writing workshops and one-on-one writing coaching locally and online. My writing has appeared or is forthcoming in New Poetry from the Midwest, An Alphabet of Embers, Watershed Review, Hermeneutic Chaos, Menacing Hedge, and elsewhere. As a Certified Leader of the Amherst Writers & Artists Method, it's an honor to hold a space for people of all backgrounds to connect with their voice. Learn more.