From historical fiction or future-oriented stories, to developing characters and everything in-between, this collection brings together a range of story-powered “sparks,” or writing prompts, to encourage writing outside and in public spaces in your community. With a focus on story, each resource includes 1-3 prompts along with linked resources meant to support an exploration of a range of story forms and approaches.
These prompts have been created and curated for writers – young as well as the young at heart – by Park Rangers of the National Park Service and lead educators from the National Writing Project. They are intended to engage interests and support writers in getting started … and then to keep going! As educator Peter Elbow writes, “the most effective way … to improve your writing is to do free writing exercises regularly.”
Check out the collected resources and then head outside and find a comfortable place to be (a “sit spot“) … this might be in your backyard, on your front stoop, or in a local park or other public space. Use a notebook or a journal, a microphone and a camera, go digital or stay analog … experiment with approaches that work best for you!
Interested in sharing what you wrote? Here are a few ideas how do this whether you are outside together, at a distance from each other, and/or sharing multimodal compositions.