Narrative Writing Prompts
As a high school English teacher and author I have spent most of my working life developing writing resources and am sharing my ideas to support any young people writing at home.
Prompt 1: Found Story
A found story is one where participants receive certain elements and they have to use them to write their own story. So participants receive a character, name and age, conflict and place, and they need to brainstorm what their story will be about.
So my character is an emo girl named Shirley who is 13. She is constantly tormented by a bully, Angela, on a bridge who pretends to push her off as she goes goes home from school. She decides that she will get revenge on the bully by wagging school and hiding out next to the bridge. When the bully, Angela, goes to walk across she will ride her bike at high speed and hit into her.
So now I have the makings of the story-and need to make decisions:
Use these templates to cut out the parts of conflict and have participants randomly choose their elements and plan and write a story.
Name and age
Prompt 2: Six word short story
Week 2: Six word short story
A short story can be any length. Here are some examples of six word stories to inspire participants to write their own six word story.
Six word stories
Prompt 3: Found Crime Story
Participants use elements in order to brainstorm and write a crime story, just like a narrative version of Cluedo.
Sookie is on work experience at a TV station. There she witnesses the murder of a TV presenter. The presenter is murdered with a screwdriver, a note left that this is a vendetta against her for writing an investigation story about the mob. Sookie must discover the murderer before they come after her.
Name and Age
Prompt 4: First Lines
Students receive the first line of a story and must continue it.
Prompt 5: Writing a story using your favourite object
Use this worksheet to write a short story about your favourite object
Favourite object examplar
Favourite object worksheet
Prompt 6: NAPLAN prompt
Use the attached NAPLAN prompt to write a story
Prompt 7: Visual Narrative Writing Prompt
Go to this website and select a visual writing prompt and write a story about it.
Writing short story worksheet
Use the worksheet below to plan and write your short story.
Short story worksheet
Descriptive Writing Booklet
This booklet will take you through the process of developing a character, setting, conflict, and writing your story.
Descriptive Writing Booklet
Writing a Scary Story
This booklet will take you through the process of writing a scary story so that you incorporate suspense and spooky elements.
Scary Story Booklet
Writing a short story Booklet
This booklet will take you through the process of writing a short story.
Short Story Booklet