My friend helps to run Press Pass Mentors, a mentorship program at The Washington Post , which focuses, in part, on developing the writing skills of high school students.  I attended the graduation ceremony for the program, which included poster boards featuring each mentee’s 500-word college essay.

The first one I read was written by a student who had been shot his junior year (the consensus was that the shooter was looking for his older brother).  His memory about the incident was hazy and almost dream-like.

You could tell by the way he talked about his green sneakers.

He remembered that he bought them that day.  He remembered seeing them as he was shot.  The sneakers were one of the first things he spotted in the hospital.

They clearly stood out in his memories (and nightmares) of the incident.  And because of the imagery in his writing, that story was all I could think of when I stumbled upon this picture:


Take fifteen minutes to write a scene based on the photo above.  Share in the comments section below.

Monica is a lawyer trying to knock out her first novel. She lives in D.C. but is still a New Yorker. You can follow her on her blog or on Twitter (@monicamclark).

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