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Teen Summer Writing Prompts

Teen Summer Writing Prompts


There are so many ways to spend each day of summer vacation! We’ve put together three writing prompts based on this year’s Summer Reading Club theme: Oceans of Possibilities. So, grab a notebook, find a cool place to sit, and write some sea-riously creative stories.

Prompt 1:

In Deeper Waters by F. T. Lukens

Prince Tal, who possesses a secret and rare magic, sets sail to explore the world beyond his kingdom. As the grand adventure progresses, Tal rescues a mysterious boy from a sinking ship and is later kidnapped and held ransom by pirates who wish to know the truth behind his magical abilities.

Write a story about a character who takes to open waters. What kinds of adventures do they have? Are they a pirate, or are they kidnapped by pirates? Do they come across any sea creatures or lost treasure?

Prompt 2:

The Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag

Morgan lives on a small island with her family, but she can’t wait until she can go off to college so she can be who she really is. One night, a selkie girl named Keltie saves Morgan from drowning, and a sudden bond between the pair is formed.

Write a story or draw a comic about a character who befriends a creature from the sea. How do they meet? How do their different lives affect their relationship?

Prompt 3:

Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean

Quill and his friends travel to a remote sea stack during the summer of 1727 to hunt for birds. When nobody arrives to take them home, the group must learn how to survive in the middle of the ocean.

Write a story about a character or group of characters who find themselves stranded on a sea stack or deserted island. How did they wind up in this situation? What are they doing to survive? What additional challenges do they face?

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