Fictional Narrative Writing Prompts for High School

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

Asking a student to write a fictional narrative can lead to blank stares. Use these fictional narrative writing prompts to help students get started on great creative writing pieces.

Creative Writing

Writing has many uses: to inform, to document, and to entertain are just a few of these. Writing to entertain or tell a story can be a fun way to get students motivated to write. These writing prompts will help spur your students' imagination as they create fanciful stories about history, science fiction, and even their own lives.

Historical Fiction

Historical fiction is a fun way to incorporate creative writing with historical fact. Use these writing prompts when you are conducting units on historical time periods to help your students really get into the timeframe.

  • The sands of Egypt are blowing with the wind. You are Pharaoh. Write an essay about your daily life. What do you do? What do you eat? Is life good or bad for you? What is your family like?
  • What was it like to live through the Civil War in the U.S.? Write an essay about the lives of normal people just trying to make it through the war. Your main character can be on either side of the battle, but you must identify your character through descriptions and actions so that the reader understands which side of the fight he or she is on. Remember, this is historical fiction; so your characters are fictional but the setting should contain historical facts of the time period.
  • The Great Depression was a time of hardship for many. Pretend that you were one of the people that lost a great amount of money in the stock market crash. What would you have done? How would you care for your family? Write about your experiences.
  • The times are changing quickly. You've never ridden in one of the new horseless carriages, but you've seen a few around town. What do you think about how things are changing? How do you think it will change your life? In your essay, describe some of the technological changes you have been seeing lately.
  • Write a fictional story about people living during the early days of man. What did they do? What was daily life like for them? Your writing style should be in the form of a narrative (not a research paper).


Science fiction is the ultimate genre for tapping into your students' creativity. Let their imaginations run wild with these writing prompts.

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