Creative Nonfiction Essay Ideas For Kids

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Creative Writing Essay Ideas

Here is a collection of creative writing essay ideas that you can use with your students, your kids or yourself! An essay is typically a five-paragraph or more argument in which you are trying to prove something. When you attach creative writing to the title, you often end up with an essay proving something about yourself or your own life. It's an essay that draws on your imagination and goes beyond restating old facts in interesting ways. Your life and the things that you think up are the facts in this writing situation. Try these ideas on for size and if you'd like about a thousand more, check out my book, 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More.

Creative Writing Essay Ideas

1. Do you think that you have changed for the better in the past five years? Write an essay arguing whether or not you think that you have grown during that time by comparing and contrasting yourself with the person you were in the past.

2. Imagine that you had to prove to your biggest crush that you were more worthy than another suitor. Write an essay in which you show how you are far superior to your competitor in multiple ways.

3. By this time in your life, you may have thought of at least one area in which you could start a career. Write an essay about the things you would have to learn and the internal qualities you would have to develop to be at the top of the class when it came to this career.

4. You are one of the finalists in a mission to go to a new planet full of intelligent alien life. Create an argument as to why you think you would be a top candidate to go on this expedition. Make sure to include both your strengths and your weaknesses.

5. Your parents or guardians have come upon over a million dollars and now they need to decide how to spend it. Write an essay explaining how they should use some of the money in a way that would benefit you, your school and the community at large.

6. An evil sorcerer has taken you and the rest of the school hostage. He has already turned some of your classmates into animals and other strange creatures. He gives you the opportunity to join him in his evil deeds or to be turned into an animal yourself. Write an essay in which you mentally debate which choice to take.

7. Death is a scary subject but we all have to deal with it during our lifetimes. Write an essay in which you talk about how death has affected your life and what kind of role it will play for you and your family in the future.

8. Write an essay about how popularity plays a role in your life. How do you think life would be different if you were at a drastically different point on the popularity spectrum?

9. Your teacher has given you the opportunity to instruct a lesson of your choosing in front of the class. Write an essay detailing your proposed lesson. Keep in mind, the proposal has to be legitimate and you must actually believe that what you're writing can convince your instructor.

10. How would you like the world to change during your lifetime and how would you like to contribute to that change? Write an essay about how you think you can positively affect the way the world works during your lifetime. 

Thanks for taking a look at these creative writing essay ideas. There are tons of creative writing essay prompts and other ideas that can be used throughout this website. Take a look around and use whatever you'd like. Happy writing! 

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1.        Write about someone you admire from afar—a public figure or celebrity.

2.        Revisit your earliest memories of learning about faith, religion, or spirituality.

3.        Write a how-to article about a task, activity, or project you’ve learned to complete through practical experience in your career.

4.        Have you ever had déjà vu—the strange sense that you’ve experienced something before? Write a personal essay about it.

5.        What is the number-one goal you want to achieve as a writer? To reach your main writing goal, what do you need to do?

6.        Think about what your favorite holiday means to you. Why do you celebrate it? How does it shape or affect your life for the rest of the year?

7.        Heartbreak is part of life and full of lessons. Tell the story of a heartbreak you’ve experienced.

8.        Write a critical review of your favorite book. What made it so good? Could it have been better? Provide a detailed analysis of its strengths and weaknesses.

9.        Remember when you were a little kid and you learned something new about life or how the world works? Write an article for kids about what you learned, how you learned it, and how you felt about it. For example: learning where food comes from.

10.     Have you ever felt like you were meant for something, that some event or moment in your life was fated? Have you ever felt an inexplicable call to do something? Where do you think this feeling comes from? Write about it.

11.     Read your favorite poem and take a few minutes to contemplate it. Then write a reaction to the poem. Why do you love it? How does it make you feel? What makes this poem so special to you? If you don’t have a favorite poem, write about your favorite song lyrics.

12.     Write a top-ten article listing your favorite songs or albums with short explanations of why each one earned a spot on your list.

13.     Do you believe the existence of a higher power can be proven or disproved? Write a personal essay about it.

14.     Art is all around. You can purchase books packed with images of art. You can visit museums and galleries. You can surf the web for photographs of paintings and sculptures. Choose a piece of art that speaks to you and write about it. Describe the piece. How does it make you feel? What details give it power or make it captivating?

15.     They say it’s better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all. Whom have you loved and lost?

16.     Think back on some embarrassing moments that you’ve experienced. Now write a series of scenes depicting those moments.

17.     Write a how-to article about something you can do that is not part of your job (for example: how to bake a cake from scratch or how to change the oil in your car).

18.     What do you like to wear during summer, winter, fall, or spring? Write about your sense of fashion (or lack thereof). Does it change with the seasons?

19.     Tell a story about one (or both) of your parents.

20.     Write about your experience with a mentor, teacher, or coach, explaining how working with someone more knowledgeable than you helped you.

21.     What determines an action or person as good or evil? Who gets to decide what or who is good or evil? Write a personal essay about it.

22.     Think about the last book you read. How did the book make you feel? Were you sad? Scared? Intrigued? What was it about the book that evoked an emotional response from you? Was it the characters? The plot? The subject matter?

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