Wrinting Prompts
Writing prompts are short (usually one sentence or one paragraph) ideas to get a writer motivated. Set a scene or present a writing challenge when you introduce a prompt.

Here are some examples. For poetry examples you can visit Poetry Dances. Feel free to select one or use one as a template to get started.

An acrostic is a poem which spells out a word or idea. Sometimes what it spells out is the the title of the poem itself. Write an Acrostic Poem.

You're a pizza delivery driver and it's your last stop of the night. The house is on an unlit, unfamiliar street. As you ring the doorbell, you're greeted by an unusual character who invites you in while he gets cash--and abruptly knocks you out cold. When you wake up, you're tied to a chair. What happens next?

You bump into a genie and she offers to grant you three wishes. What are your wishes and why?

A Haiku has three lines. For a traditional haiku, the first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again. Write a Haiku poem

Babies typically talk in babbles that adults can't understand. But one day, while at the park, you're sitting on a bench next to two babies. They start their babbling, when all of a sudden you realize you can understand them. Even more, they are plotting a nefarious plan. Write this scene.

Write a Tanka poem. The first three lines are unrhymed. They have a syllable count of five, seven, five like the haiku. But the last two lines both have seven syllables. So the syllable count is: (5, 7, 5, 7, 7)
Write a 16-line poem (rhyming or non-rhyming) about a moment from your childhood that changed your life for the better.

Write about a millionaire who suddenly loses his fortune and finds himself without any possessions.

Write a 26-word story where every word begins with a different letter of the alphabet.

Write about a race horse that decides he's going on strike.

Write about a swimmer that returns to shore to find the beach that was full a moment ago empty.