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Inspiring Minds Online: Creative Writing

Opening Lines and Writing Prompts

As part of our Creative Writing modules here at Loughborough University, you will study a range of techniques to equip you with the skills you need to write interesting and informative poetry and prose.

One of the writing exercises that our students study on these modules (as part of our English and English with Creative Writing programmes) focuses on the use of 'Opening Lines' and we'd like for Year 11 and Year 12 students to give this a go themselves, too!

Dr Sophie-Louise Hyde, a poet and Creative Writing tutor here at Loughborough University, will review all Creative Writing submissions and send you a few lines of feedback on your writing.

Opening Lines: Writing Prompt 1

Start your poem of short story with one of the following lines:

1. 'Silvery flakes drifted downward glittering in the bright light of the harvest moon. The blackbird soared...'

2. 'I agreed that Henry was a puzzle, but I was the only one who thought a couple of pieces were missing.'

3. 'Marnie sat in front of her computer, staring at a screen full of photos. "Delete," she whispered and the screen went blank.'

Time yourself for 15-20 minutes and then send us what you come up with!

Prompts #2 and #3 credited to Heather E. Wright, 'Writing Prompts', Heather E. Wright: RESOURCES FOR WRITERS OF ALL AGES AND TEACHERS, TOO (2017)
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Include these words: Writing Prompt 2

Use all of one of the following sets of words in a piece of poetry or prose.

1. Dash, staple, part, hard, billboard, circle, flattened;

2. Bit, draw, flex, perilous, bubble, corner, rancid, pound, high, open;

3. Feast, fire, modify, squash, robbed, forgotten, understated.

Time yourself for 15-20 minutes and then send us what you come up with!

For the best submission in each subject, there will be a £50 Amazon Gift Voucher plus some Loughborough University clothing.

All submissions must be made by uploading a Microsoft Word document.

The deadline for the current Inspiring Minds: online series is midnight, Thursday 29 March 2018.

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