writing prompt

What sustains you?

Writing prompts: Write about what sustains you

by Annie Bellerose

As I write this, it’s sugaring season in Vermont again. And it’s been a weird one, starting in an unseasonably warm January and then stalling out with a spell of deep cold and then a blizzard, and just now picking up again. It’s probably indicative of what sugaring will look like in years to come. Regardless, people around the state are out working with their trees, bottling up spring’s sweetness, connecting deeply to the land. At the school where I teach, syrup and cash exchange hands in the hallways. Lately, I’ve been talking a lot with students there about what they find meaning in, about what sustains and excites them, about how to make school and life feel purposeful. So that’s my question to you. Whether or not you write about it, it’s something worth thinking about: what does meaningful work look like? What sustains you?


Annie Bellerose is a writer and Vermont native who has explored and worked in the Northeast’s mountains, earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and now teaches high school English. Her most recent project has been New Voices on Wilderness: Collected Essays from the Waterman Fund Contest published in spring 2017 from the University Press of New England. The collection compiles writing on environmental stewardship from nearly a decade of the non-profit’s writing contest.