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Winter Writing Prompts

Here are some great winter writing prompts with photographs to inspire you…
Grab a cup of hot cocoa, snuggle up on the sofa, or get settled in your favourite writing spot… and check out these wonderful writing prompts by Chris Dunmire at Creativity Portal – Click on the text below to view the prompts:


Cold, snowy winter weather! Looking for some inspiration or the “write” kind of prompting for the winter and Christmas season? Never fear, look right here! These cool writing prompts and photos will help facilitate your creative stories, blog entries, and holiday reflections for the winter season and melt any icy writing blocks you’ve been chipping away at. Grab your writing shovel and dig in!

A Letter To My Door by Kate Simpson

We are very happy to post Open Age member Kate Simpson’s submission today.  A beautiful, thought provoking and succinctly written letter to her door. Our door is something that many of us might take for granted –

Thank you Kate for sharing your inspirational piece! –



Dear front door

Royal blue with your silver protective strip at the bottom and a silver letter box broken – just like me. I am so sorry your letter box got broken I do not know how or why please forgive me.

However you door are so special – you are my independence.  When I put my key in your lock I feel welcomed and safe. Once inside you keep my privacy.

Of course I wish you opened up to bigger horizons – maybe a palace fit for a princess. Maybe even just another room? So sorry door it is not your fault – I am glad of your special strength and I love your blueness.

Thank you for keeping me safe and sound I apologise if my wheelchair hits you too often.

© Kate Simpson

Write a Letter to your Door


Why not write a letter to your front door? That’s what our members did in the Creative Writing Phone Group one Monday afternoon, under the brilliant tutoring of Open Age teacher and writer Mike Loveday. The front door is particularly symbolic of Open Age. This writing group is free and welcomes new members living in the London boroughs of Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea, and especially for people who are housebound or can’t always get out of the house, due to ill health or various other reasons.

I will be brave and get the blog started by posting the letter I wrote to my front door!   Hopefully it will inspire other Open Age members (and tutors!) to post and share some of their writing on this blog….

Dear Door,

As I walk up the steps to greet you from work each day, I turn my key in your lock and feel grateful that you always open up for me. One mustn’t grumble, but feel grateful to have a front door to open each night, and close each morning when they go to work. Many people do not have a door to open, like the homeless man who sleeps on a sheet of cardboard. Thank you for being such a great door. You are the dearest door I ever saw.



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