47 Medieval Writing Prompts

Sharpen your swords and grab your shield—we’re traveling back in time with a list of exciting medieval writing prompts to get your imagination running and your pencil moving.

Using This Guide

Dragons are scary; these prompts are not. As long as you’re writing, you’re doing it right.

But if you need some help getting started, try one of these ideas:

  • Challenge yourself to use one writing prompt every day for a week.
  • Use your favorite number to pick a prompt.
  • Ask the person sitting to your left which prompt you should use.

Time to Start Writing!

  1. Write a story about a princess who doesn’t want to be saved by her knight in shining armor.
  2. Would you rather have a unicorn or a dragon?
  3. King Arthur traveled through time to 2022. Write about his experience.
  4. The town believes your neighbor is a witch because she heals the sick. You know that she is just a good herbalist. Write about how you would defend her.
  5. Pick a medieval artist and write 3-5 paragraphs about their accomplishments.
  6. Write a story about a child who picks a lock on an abandoned shack and is transported back to medieval times.
  7. Imagine you are a bard on a journey to find the last unicorns. Write a poem about your adventure.
  8. Write a poem or short story about medieval times using the following words: meadow, lights, bellow, wither
  9. Write a story about a dragon who has hiccups.
  10. Rewrite the plot of your favorite movie, but set in medieval times.
  11. You are playing “Marco Polo” in the pool when a man in medieval clothing walks up and says, “Yes, that’s me.” What do you do next?
  12. Which medieval invention do you think is most important today?
  13. Imagine you are one of the first people to use eyeglasses. What is it like?
  14. Who was Joan of Arc? Why was her story significant?
  15. If a genie granted you three wishes, and you couldn’t wish for more wishes, what would you wish for?
  16. What is your favorite movie set in the Middle Ages?
  17. Write a story about a watchman who spots an unknown creature on the horizon.
  18. What do you think kids did for fun in medieval times?
  19. Which invention from the Islamic Golden Age do you think is the most important today?
  20. Write 2-4 paragraphs about the Agricultural Revolution.
  21. Write a story about the daily life of a child living in a city during the Dark Ages.
  22. How did Vikings affect medieval Europe?
  23. Write a story about a princess who befriends a stablehand.
  24. Write a story or poem about the Middle Ages using the following words: protect, wax, feather, glass
  25. Which fictional story from the Medieval Period is your favorite?
  26. Write a book review for your favorite book set in the Middle Ages.
  27. Imagine you’re a traveling merchant. Write an ad for your most unique item.
  28. Have you ever played Dungeons and Dragons?
  29. Which job would you choose if you were in the Middle Ages?
  30. What is your favorite Disney movie set in the Middle Ages?
  31. Write a story about the daily life of a child in the countryside of Medieval Europe.
  32. Pick an Arabic medieval tale and rewrite it in a modern setting.
  33. Write an acrostic poem using the word “JOUSTING”.
  34. You and your friend find a magic carpet. What do you do next?
  35. Write 3-5 paragraphs about your favorite medieval fantasy creature.
  36. Would you rather have a potion that makes you fly or a broom that does all of your chores?
  37. Briefly describe the three stages of the European Middle Ages.
  38. Write a story about someone who time travels from the Medieval Period and finds a modern-day renaissance fair.
  39. The first universities were founded during the Middle Ages. How would education be different if universities didn’t succeed?
  40. Write a story about a peasant girl who wants to learn archery.
  41. You are touring a castle and see a ghost in medieval clothing wandering the halls. What do you do?
  42. Write an acrostic poem using the word “KNIGHT”.
  43. Compare and contrast entertainment in the Middle Ages with entertainment today.
  44. Research a famous queen from the Middle Ages. Write 3-5 paragraphs about her life.
  45. How did the Middle Ages influence modern art and literature?
  46. Write a poem or short story about the Middle Ages using the following words: ship, tower, shield, festival
  47. Have you ever been to a renaissance fair?

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