There are no rules. Write a poem. Write a short story. Write an essay. Aim for a hundred words or aim for a hundred thousand. Just start writing, and have fun.

You may choose 1, or 2 or several of the topics below. Simply write.

Creative Writing Prompts

  1. You’re digging in your garden and find a fist-sized nugget of gold.
  2. Write about something ugly–war, fear, hate, or cruelty–but find the beauty (silver lining) in it.
  3. The asteroid was hurtling straight for Earth…
  4. A kid comes out of the bathroom with toilet paper dangling from his or her waistband.
  5. Write about your early memories of faith, religion, or spirituality; yours or someone else’s.
  6. There’s a guy sitting on a park bench reading a newspaper…
  7. Write a poem about a first romantic (dare I say: sexual) experience or encounter.
  8. He turned the key in the lock and opened the door. To his horror, he saw…
  9. Silvery flakes drifted down, glittering in the bright light of the harvest moon. The blackbird swooped down…
  10. The detective saw his opportunity. He grabbed the waitress’s arm and said…
  11. There are three children sitting on a log near a stream. One of them looks up at the sky and says…
  12. There is a magic talisman that allows its keeper to read minds. It falls into the hands of a young politician…
  13. And you thought dragons didn’t exist…
  14. Write about nature. Include the following words: hard drive, stapler, phone, car, billboard.
  15. The doctor put his hand on her arm and said gently, “You or the baby will survive. Not both. I’m sorry.”
  16. The nation is controlled by…
  17. You walk into your house and it’s completely different–furniture, decor, all changed. And nobody’s home.
  18. Write about one (or both) of your parents. Start with “I was born…”
  19. The most beautiful smile I ever saw…
  20. I believe that animals exist to…
  21. A twinkling eye can mean many things. Start with a twinkle in someone’s eye and see where it takes you.
  22. Good versus evil. Do they truly exist? Are there gray areas? Do good people do bad things?


In groups or pairs, post a definition of “riddle” and an example with the answer.

Then, check some examples you’ll receive.

After that, go to the weblink http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/riddle/index.htm , go thorugh it to create your own riddles following the guidelines given.

Post your own riddles.

Choose a riddle posted by others and post what you think the answer might be.


Pairwork 1 Unit 3

Work in PAIRS.

Each pair must post answers on the following definitions, and indicate your sources. WIKIPEDIA MUST NOT BE CONSULTED NOR REFERRED TO.



1. Give a definition of poetry and poem. Provide an example of a short poem by a recognised author.

2. Give a definiton of verse, and stanza. Provide examples of each by recognised authors.


PAIR 2: 

1. Give a definition of rhythm. Provide examples by recognised authors.

2. Give a definiton of metric pattern. Exemplify what iambic tetrameter is.


1. Give a definition of MELODY in poetry. Provide an example of a short poem by a recognised author.

2. Give a definiton of RHYME, . Provide examples of some types. Refer to recognised authors.

PAIR 4: 

1. Give a definition of Alliteration and refer to their types. Provide examples by recognised authors.

2. Give a definition of onomatopoeia. Give examples, find a poem which makes use of such resource.


1. Give a definition of IMAGERY Provide examples.

2. Provide a definition for the notion FIGURE OF SPEECH. Define and exemplify Analogy ad Simile.

PAIR 6: 

1. Define and provide examples of Metaphor, personification, Allusion and Allegory.

2. Define and provide examples of “limerick” and “haiku”. Refer to recognised authors.


1. Define and exemplify Metonymy, hyperbole, and pun. Refer to recognised authors.

2. Define and exemplify: riddle and sonnet.