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Examples from the Sentence Collections of Past Hillside Writers:

 

Individual Predicaments:

Had I realized the possibility of a turkey deciding to escape the pen, I might have shut the door.

One late spring evening, as the sun was setting, he threw the baseball, a perfect arc, right into my faux-leather glove for the last time.

From the back seat the boy ranted, and I struggled to keep my focus on the road.



Perspectives:

Forget diamonds — hot glue and metal wire are a girl's best friend.

There is a moment that comes between aiming the pistol and pulling the trigger; in that split second, I can sense the accuracy of the bullet.

The bloodstained, disc-shaped shavings of the tibia looked soft and spongy, sitting in that little dish on the sterilized table in the chilled room.


Encounters:

As we sat in Nora's blue pickup, the words fell out of her mouth: "Women are too emotional to be leaders—we care too much."

The young woman in a demanding red dress and sleek black stilettos lifted her leg onto the counter and uttered two small but significant words: “Bed bugs.”

As the conference room emptied, I opened the note and read: Thank you for saying the words that I couldn't.


Interests:

It all started with a pack of flashcards — one hundred two-by-eight-inch glossy cards bound at one end by a single plastic grommet.

I drew line after line after line after line, for fourteen hours, until I had finished illustrating the map.

Who gets joy from taking selfies beside the graves of her heroes?