13 Creative Writing Ideas That Will Spark Discussion

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These creative writing ideas will spark unique thoughts and even better conversations. The following prompts provide quick and easy ways for you to get students practicing creative thinking — a great skill for all facets of life. 

Creative writing prompts can impact students by:

  • Improving self-expression
  • Cultivating empathy and curiosity
  • Inspiring new thoughts and ideas
  • Stimulating deeper contemplation

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Our top 13 Creative Writing Ideas

Student introspection:

Tip: A breathing exercise beforehand can help students quiet their minds and focus on introspection.

Student imagination:

Tip: Before any of these discussions, do a quick Think-Pair-Share, sharing their ideas with the whole class — helping to amplify creativity and give students ideas to bounce off of.

Subject related creative writing prompts:

Tip: Use these creative writing activities at the end of a lesson related to the topic to help students build on and connect to what your students just learned.

Next steps!

You can find more creative writing prompts in the Parlay Universe, find more in our Easy Writing Prompts & Icebreakers Collection.

If you have any suggestions for other creative writing discussions, reach out to us and we’d be happy to make the discussion for you. Just click the blue smiley face in the bottom right corner of our website.

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We can't wait to see the amazing and creative ideas that your students come up with if you use these creative writing activities. Here are what some other teachers shared!