The University of Iowa

Writing Exercises and Prompts

FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA



Three writing prompts for all genres, easy to use for short class periods

Suggested for: Fiction | Nonfiction | Poetry



"Your assignment is to write a narrative poem – a poem that tells some sort of story – in which there are characters"

Suggested for: Poetry



This writing experiment combines these praise poetry and the lyric in a way completely accessible to beginning writers, yet still interesting to the more experienced.

Suggested for: Poetry



This exercise is inspired by the Surrealist technique of “automatic writing” and the American author Joe Brainard’s memoir I Remember.

Suggested for: Poetry | Nonfiction



هذا التمرين مستوحى من التقنية السوريالية للكتابة الأوتوماتيكية (الآلية) ومن مذآرات الكاتب الأميرآي جو براينارد " أتذآر".

Suggested for: Poetry



"In this assignment, your goal will be to write a poem that gathers momentum in one direction throughout its beginning stages, and then in the final or later stages, shatters the expectation of the prior lines – but in a way that maintains the continuity of the poem."

Suggested for: Poetry



"Action will seize the imagination of the reader, and it will give you, the writer, something fun to do."

Suggested for: Fiction | Nonfiction



An easy writing prompt that students of all levels can do at home

Suggested for: Fiction | Nonfiction



Focused Free-writing, Writing through the Problem, Writing Translations and more

Suggested for: Fiction | Nonfiction



"There is liberation in unconventional spaces, and where you write has a tremendous impact on what you write."

Suggested for: Poetry


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