Writing Prompts


Weekly Themes/Writing Skill Focus

Presented for: Downers Grove Library Young Writers’ Group



  • Your Biggest Adventure:  Brave a roller coaster; stunt bike ride; camping/rafting trip; OR you are 50’ tall!

FOCUS:  Writing from your senses (what you feel, hear, taste, see)


  • Scariest Story:  True or fantasy; nightmare or an urban legend

FOCUS:  Story pacing, building tension


  • Write Your Magical World:  Wizards, castles, witches, superheroes

FOCUS:  Metaphors and descriptive words, digging deeper


  • Nature – Friend or Foe?: You’re dropped in a thriving jungle or a grassland safari; you’re caught in a hurricane or tornado or meteor shower – how do you survive?

FOCUS:  Showing, not telling


  • The Biggest Prank:  Out of spite or just old-fashioned fun, but the prank goes terribly wrong

FOCUS:  Writing emotions, cause and effect


  • Metamorphosis:  You wake up a snake, a zebra, a tree or your pet dog (Kafka parody)

FOCUS:  Point of view


©Mary Jo Campbell

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