Assignment: Write a simple story about a compelling memory from childhood.
More info: Do not worry about form or length at this point. Reach back. Grab a moment from the ocean of your memory. Try to capture its wriggling fish-like essence and somehow convert that to words on a page. That in itself is hard enough.
Some examples: Do not feel compelled to read all or even any of these. These examples are merely here to show you what this assignment *might* look like. Your writing will not look like these stories. That's good. Your voice is your own and we like it that way. That said, sometimes hearing a story is like the bait that lures stories of your own to the surface. If you feel stuck or insecure, give one of them a try. Conversely, I find that when I have finished but feel something is missing, reading another's story sometimes shows me what I left out. Feel free to refer to these later in the process as well.
This I Believe: