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Creative Writing Worksheets and Teaching Resources

This is a collection of free, printable creative writing prompts for teaching ESL.

Creative Writing Prompts

These creative writing worksheets can can be used both in class or as weekly homework assignments. We are always looking for more contributions so if you have an idea please send it to us. Eventually all of the story starters will be turned into worksheets and posted here.

The Secret Passage

The students take a field trip to an Egyptian pyramid and find a secret undiscovered passage within.

Brueghel’ Painting

Students visit an art gallery and watch a painting by Brueghel come alive.

The Tunnel

The students find a mysterious tunnel in the forest and follow it to find what is inside.

The Tricksters in the Tree

The students overhear a group of tricksters plotting to trick them and decide to turn the tables.

Fairies in Danger

A group of forest creatures in danger because of development. The students have to help them out.

Superpowers for a Day

Students imagine what they would do if they had superpowers for a day.

Talking to the Animals

Students imagine if they had the powers of Dr. Doolittle and could talk to animals.

The Portal

A mysterious portal appears to another world. But where does it lead?

The Villain

A diabolical villain poisons the hero and forces the hero to do the villains bidding.

The Letter from Afar

Students imagine their trip to a far away exotic land and write a letter home.

The Shadow from the Depths

A mysterious shadow from the depths of the ocean swims under the ship.

The Time Machine

Where would you go if you had a time machine?

The Invisibility Potion

What would you do if you had an invisibility potion?

The Water Molecule

You are a molecule of water travelling through the water cycle. Describe your journey.

The Alien School

Ack! You discover your teacher is actually an alien.

The Cave

A dark cavern in a mountain. What mystery lies within?

Beware of Humans

Changing perspective. Imagine you were a crocodile. What would you tell your children about humans?

Settlers on Mars

Imagine you were a settler on Mars. What challenges would you face?

The Voice from the Box

There is a box on the table and you hear a voice within. Do you open the box?

The Door Guard

You have to get past the door but the guard is in the way. What do you do?

The Old Lamp

You find an old lamp and rub it. . What do you wish for?

The Strange Machine

There is a strange machine in your uncle’s attic. But what does it do?

The Padlocked Chest

Why is the chest locked? Will you open it?

The Shrinking Potion

What would you do if you had a potion that allowed you to shrink?

The Petsitter

It seemed like easy money until you actually saw the pet.

The Wings of Icarus

Students find an old pair of wings on the island of Crete.

The Labors of Heracles

What chores would you make your siblings do if you had some compromising information on them?

The Greek God Election

Every Greek city had their patron gods. Imagine you were a Greek God. How would you get elected to be patron good of a city?

A Letter from Afar

Students write a letter home describing what they are doing on their travels.

The Gnomes

What are these gnomes doing in the park? Students follow them and find out.

How to Care for You Dragon 1

How do you care for a dragon? Version 1.

How to Care for You Dragon 2

How do you care for a dragon? Version 2

How to Care for You Dinosaur 1

How do you care for a dinosaur? Version 2

How to Care for You Dinosaur 2

How do you care for a dinosaur? Version 2

Planet Pollutonia

You are elected governor of Pollutonia. How do you clean it up?

Planet Criminolia

You are elected governor of Criminolia. How do stop the crime?

The Footprints in the Sand

A strange set of footprints are in the sand. Follow them to find out what made them.

Future School

What will school be like in the future?

The Door in the Woods

A mysterious door in a tree in the woods. Open it and find out where it goes.(sent in by Katelyn)

The Prank

You decide you are going to pull the greatest prank ever.

The Seed

A mysterious seed with a sign that says: Do not plant. Ever! What do you do?

The Lephrechaun’s Gold

How are you going to trap the leprechaun and get its gold.

The Island of Dr. Moreau

You are a mad scientist creating new animals. What do you create?

The Evil Scientist

You follow an evil scientist into a dark room and can’t forget what you saw. (sent in by Curt Winstead)

The Last Tree

All the trees are gone but one. . . (Sent in by Katie Seafield)

Sports Creative Writing

In Goal for the Rockets

Students are mistakenly put into net for the Rockets.

The Monster Match

When the students get out onto the field, they find out that the other team are behemoths.

Minutes to Go: Socccer

Students write about a close game of soccer.

Minutes to Go: Baseball

Students write about a close game of baseball.

Minutes to Go: Hockey

Students write about a close game of hockey.

Christmas Creative Writing

Saving Santa

Santa is stuck in a chimney. Who will save Christmas?

Candycane Mystery

Who stole all the stripes on the candycanes?

Elves on Strike

The elves are striking for better pay and working conditions.

Fall and Halloween Creatie Writing

Are You a Witch?

Students design a test to see if someone is a witch.

Are you a Werewolf?

Students design a test to see if someone is a werewolf.

Are you a Vampire?

Students design a test to see if someone is a vampire.

The Haunted House

Students complete a story about ending up at a haunted house on Halloween.

Free Lesson Plans and Worksheets for Teachers

Our free printable writing resources make it easy to start your book publishing project and align with educational standards, including Common Core. Whether your class is brainstorming, editing or needs a check-list for your final drafts – we have printable worksheets for every step of the writing process. Select your grade level then click on the documents below to view, print or download.

Creative Writing Worksheets to Help Students Create One-of-a-Kind Classbooks

Studentreasures Publishing offers free creative writing worksheets to help teachers give students a headstart on publishing a book as a class. These printable worksheets make every step of the writing process more enjoyable and easier to finish. These resources offer students writing prompts, and they also help students meet the learning goals of their grade level for English language arts (ELA).

Whether your students need to brainstorm, write, edit or understand all the parts of a book, these printable worksheets are a great help. Simply browse below to find worksheets that are right for your students.

Creative Writing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Always be prepared! Here’s a checklist of useful writing aids to have with you as you begin to write – just don’t forget the chocolate biscuits.

A good notebook

Plenty of paper

A computer or laptop

A desk or other writing space

How to generate creative writing ideas

Writer’s block affects all writers from time to time. If you feel a bit stuck for inspiration, try these techniques to get your creative juices flowing.

Find a postcard, photograph or painting depicting two or more people and write a story about them.

Look at any object and write about it – where does it come from, who does it belong to, who might want it?

Read the newspaper for unusual and interesting stories and develop them as fiction.

Listen to conversations on the bus, in a café or at the supermarket. Jot them down and carry them on, seeing where they lead you.

Pick up a book you really like and open it at a random page. Pick a sentence you like and write it down, and then carry on writing your own story.

Pick an emotion and create a story around it. Pick another, and carry on writing. Make the characters move from the first emotion to the second.

Writing your first draft

Writing a first draft of your creative writing project – whether a novel, short story, poem or play – can be a bit daunting. Follow these handy hints to help you organise your thoughts and manage your time:

Don’t worry about a great opening line yet. Simply start writing wherever you like.

Keep the flow going in the early stages – keep writing without stopping, going back, re-reading or changing what you’ve written.

Remember to show not tell – think about how to dramatise what you’re writing about and create visual images.

Start somewhere else and get going again if you become stuck on a particular passage.

Rewriting and editing your creative writing project

Rewriting and editing helps to tighten up your work. But it can be difficult – what to chop and when to stop may not be clear, and you may change your mind more than once during the process. Ask yourself whether you need to take out:

Unnecessary information and explanation.

Passages of dialogue that go on too long.

Clunky descriptions that give too much detail.

Clumsy images that don’t really work.

Too many adjectives and adverbs.

You may need to add or expand:

Something you know but have forgotten to tell the reader; perhaps the age of the main character.

More specific descriptive information that shows instead of tells; instead of describing a man as ‘old’, describe his white hair, slow gait and mottled hands.

Dialogue of what the characters actually say, rather than summaries.

Material to add interest or create suspense.

A better opening or closing line.

You may need to move:

Dramatic sections to make a stronger opening.

Early information to where the reader really needs to know it.

Essential information nearer the beginning of the book.

Descriptive passages to add tension and suspense to incidents.

Words, phrases and sentences to make a better rhythm.

In your final edit:

Check for grammar, punctuation and spelling mistakes.

Ensure you have no continuity errors.

Pay particular attention to the first and last lines of any section or scene.

Smooth out any awkward words and phrases.

Clarify anything that isn’t clear.

Ways to develop and improve your creative writing

Here are some top tips for developing your creative writing. No writing is ever a finished product – there are always ways to improve and refine your style.