These 80 engaging story starters have been carefully collected from over a decade of my creative writing classes. They have consistently inspired even my most reluctant writers. Each starter consists of a unique sentence that is thought-provoking, original, and will lead your students down unexpected paths.
• I typically give my students 8-10 minutes to complete each starter.
• Students may not complete their story in the allotted time. This exercise is intended primarily to get kids started, which is a major stumbling block for many young writers.
• Over time, the regular discipline of this activity will transform a young writer’s confidence, as well as their ability to express their thoughts in a concise way.
• I find that this activity works well for kids in grades 6-12.