Essay Prompts

Essays 9-12

Unsolved Murder    You are a reporter writing an historical article about a famous unsolved murder case. While doing your research you come across something about the case that nobody has uncovered so far. What is the famous murder, what did you find and how could it alter the investigation?

Your Unexpected Windfall   You come into a huge amount of cash very unexpectedly and you are the only person who knows you have it. The cash was not a gift nor an inheritance and you did not win it in any type of lottery or contest. How did it fall into your hands and what will you do with the monies?

Called To Duty  You are on your way into the post office and just as you begin to open the door two men approach you. They show you their badges and tell you that they need your help on a case…right then and there. What is the help they need, how do you react, what is the outcome?

Dream of Opportunity  For this essay, think of Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol”. You’ve been given the opportunity to teach one person in your life a most valuable lesson while they sleep. Take this person on a quick journey to show them the error of their ways. Who is it, what is theiir fault (in your eyes), where would you take them, what would you show them? Or maybe you know somebody who is ‘too nice’ and you want them to be more aggressive and in control. How you attack it is up to you. Have fun, think outsidet the box. If you don’t know anyone like this, feel free to invent one…it’s all about the writing!

Essays 5 – 8

Your First Car  Write an essay about your first car, how it made you feel to have one, special memories associated with it, whatever it is you remember about it..What kind of car was it, what were the circumstances of getting it? What was special about this car (aside from being your first)? How long did you have it and why did you get rid of it…or do you still have it? If you had it to do over, is this the car you would have gotten for your first car.

Cafeteria Lunch Lady   The cranky high school lunch lady went missing during your senior year and the reason for her disappearance was never uncovered. But thirty years later you see her working in your corporate café. Her name is different and she tells people she just moved into the state from (YYY state) where she lived and worked her whole life. You know for sure it’s the lunch lady from your high school in (XXX state). What’s the story behind this obvious deceit?

I Was Only Gone Five Minutes    You are at your favorite coffee shop (or deli or café), the one you go to on a regular basis. You are familiar with most of the regulars and are on friendly terms with the owner (who also works the counter). After ordering, you go to the restroom but when you return, everyone is gone except the owner and he is acting odd, like he doesn’t know you. What’s going on? What happened in the few minutes you were gone?

One Shoe  While out walking you find one shoe on the side of the road. You’ve been this way before and that shoe was not there the last time you went walking. The type of shoe and where it is found is up to you. What is the story behind how it got there?

Essays 1 – 4

Secret Passageway  You’ve just moved into a new house and are fixing it up. In the process of painting you find an odd crack in the wall. As you explore further, you find out it’s a secret passageway—and you have no idea where it leads. You decide to grab a flashlight and go exploring.   Prompt thanks to Writer’s Digest

Your First CD or Record     What was the first CD (or record or cassette) you ever purchased? Write about the way that particular album made you feel then. Write about how it makes you feel now.

Why Did You Do It?   At work, you’ve been getting a post it note on your desk every morning that says, “Why did you do it?” You’ve talked to your boss, the night cleaning crew and your co-workers. No one seems to know who is putting the note there, or why. You decide to work through the night one evening, in hopes of catching the person

Uncle’s Will   After living for years paycheck to paycheck, a windfall of money comes your way from a distant uncle. But in order to receive the money, you must complete a mission from your uncle’s will. What’s the mission and did you do it?

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