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!
- Write a story about a princess who doesn’t want to be saved by her knight in shining armor.
- Would you rather have a unicorn or a dragon?
- King Arthur traveled through time to 2022. Write about his experience.
- 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.
- Pick a medieval artist and write 3-5 paragraphs about their accomplishments.
- Write a story about a child who picks a lock on an abandoned shack and is transported back to medieval times.
- Imagine you are a bard on a journey to find the last unicorns. Write a poem about your adventure.
- Write a poem or short story about medieval times using the following words: meadow, lights, bellow, wither
- Write a story about a dragon who has hiccups.
- Rewrite the plot of your favorite movie, but set in medieval times.
- 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?
- Which medieval invention do you think is most important today?
- Imagine you are one of the first people to use eyeglasses. What is it like?
- Who was Joan of Arc? Why was her story significant?
- If a genie granted you three wishes, and you couldn’t wish for more wishes, what would you wish for?
- What is your favorite movie set in the Middle Ages?
- Write a story about a watchman who spots an unknown creature on the horizon.
- What do you think kids did for fun in medieval times?
- Which invention from the Islamic Golden Age do you think is the most important today?
- Write 2-4 paragraphs about the Agricultural Revolution.
- Write a story about the daily life of a child living in a city during the Dark Ages.
- How did Vikings affect medieval Europe?
- Write a story about a princess who befriends a stablehand.
- Write a story or poem about the Middle Ages using the following words: protect, wax, feather, glass
- Which fictional story from the Medieval Period is your favorite?
- Write a book review for your favorite book set in the Middle Ages.
- Imagine you’re a traveling merchant. Write an ad for your most unique item.
- Have you ever played Dungeons and Dragons?
- Which job would you choose if you were in the Middle Ages?
- What is your favorite Disney movie set in the Middle Ages?
- Write a story about the daily life of a child in the countryside of Medieval Europe.
- Pick an Arabic medieval tale and rewrite it in a modern setting.
- Write an acrostic poem using the word “JOUSTING”.
- You and your friend find a magic carpet. What do you do next?
- Write 3-5 paragraphs about your favorite medieval fantasy creature.
- Would you rather have a potion that makes you fly or a broom that does all of your chores?
- Briefly describe the three stages of the European Middle Ages.
- Write a story about someone who time travels from the Medieval Period and finds a modern-day renaissance fair.
- The first universities were founded during the Middle Ages. How would education be different if universities didn’t succeed?
- Write a story about a peasant girl who wants to learn archery.
- You are touring a castle and see a ghost in medieval clothing wandering the halls. What do you do?
- Write an acrostic poem using the word “KNIGHT”.
- Compare and contrast entertainment in the Middle Ages with entertainment today.
- Research a famous queen from the Middle Ages. Write 3-5 paragraphs about her life.
- How did the Middle Ages influence modern art and literature?
- Write a poem or short story about the Middle Ages using the following words: ship, tower, shield, festival
- Have you ever been to a renaissance fair?
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