Summer Writing Mini-Workshop: Creative Writing Prompts


If you’ve run out of ideas based on your own life (hopefully a temporary thing), borrow from the lives of others. (Just be sure to change the names of the innocent & especially the not-so-innocent.)

Imagine how different your world would be if one thing (or even a letter of the alphabet) was taken away.

Write a story about someone who is at odds with their environment. (Think “The Beverly Hillbillies.”)

How would the world be different if electronic communication was limited to those around us?

Don’t want to write your own memoir? Write someone else’s. (Just make sure it’s labeled as fiction; first-person P.O.V. & present tense preferred.)

What would life be like if the Internet didn’t exist? Write a story (or an essay) about something (i.e. an invention) we take for granted.

Instead of “What’s in your wallet?”, try “What’s in your purse?” Just as bumper stickers can tell you a lot about a person, so can the contents of what you carry with you. Look in your own purse (I don’t advise looking in someone else’s, so you’ll have to use your imaginations there), & write a story (or memoir) of its owner by filling in the blanks.


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