Many of our writing exercises tend toward fiction. So today, we offer a prompt to hone your nonfiction chops. But after you write an amazing essay you can always answer the questions again with a story, in case you need to scratch that fiction itch.
"What is public and what is private? What should be public and what should be private? What do these terms mean now?"
--The San Francisco Writers' Grotto, 642 Things to Write About (Chronicle Books, 2011)