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Jack arrived at camp six years and three weeks ago. His mother dropped him off at his cabin with his trunk, book bag, and dragon egg. The trunk held three bathing suits, fourteen t-shirts, ten pairs of shorts, white socks, and underwear, each with Jack’s name written in black permanent marker in thick, block letters. Inside the book bag were five books from the Craven County Public School recommended summer reading list, a Walkman, various toiletries, an Uno deck, stationery, envelopes, stamps, and four bags of chocolate bars he’d stolen from his older brother Robert. –I’ve Come to Marry the Princess by HELENA BELL

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about being stranded for years at summer camp.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the first time you went away from home and your family for a stay.

Art Prompt: Dragon’s Egg

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about summer camp.

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The platform rumbles again, with no train due. I run to the edge and watch the dragon roar in, its scales glittering in the sickly fluorescent lights. The dragon is beautiful in a way no mortal thing could be, perfect and powerful and smooth like water.

He looks at me again. “Okaeri.” The dragon’s voice is brassy, like a temple bell.

I want to jump on his back. But what will happen? How do I even deserve this, with my middling grades and gnawing fears? This is the unknown stretched in a sinuous line. –Breaking Orbit by Rachael Acks

Fiction Writing Prompt: What happens when the protagonist jumps on the dragon?

Journaling Prompt: If a dragon showed up and invited you for a ride, would you go? Why or why not?

Art Prompt: Dragonrider

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience why dragons have captured our imaginations.

Photo Credit: Bill Froberg on Flickr

riding the dragon

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

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But when it came to the Princess’s turn to give an acid drop to the dragon, he smiled a very wide smile, and wagged his tail to the very last long inch of it, as much as to say, “Oh, you nice, kind, pretty little Princess.” But deep down in his wicked purple heart he was saying, “Oh, you nice, fat, pretty little Princess, I should like to eat you instead of these silly acid drops.” But of course nobody heard him except the Princess’s uncle, and he was a magician, and accustomed to listening at doors. It was part of his trade. -Edith Nesbitt, The Book of Dragons (free Kindle book)
NOTE: an acid drop is a old fashioned boiled sweet with a sharp taste

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem about a princess who tries to befriend a dragon.

Journaling Prompt: How do you flirt with danger?

Art Prompt: The Princess, the Dragon, and the Magician

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about how we try to allay our fears by placating them. Give your audience a better solution.

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wallpaper - The ISLAND

The dragon is a myth given veracity by the fossil record that offers dinosaur remains as proof positive of the monsters who had possessed the world, once. The dragon is a monster that carries any burden we give it—terror, wish-granter, lesson. -Genevieve Valentine, Three Dragons (free to read at Fantasy Magazine)

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem about dragons.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a mythological creature that fascinates you.

Art Prompt: Dragons

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the mythology of your favorite creature and explain what it symbolizes to you.

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I think I’ve met this monster. Maybe you have as well. If you’re writing fiction, this monster is an absolute must for your character’s life experiences.

The terrible dragon, with one hundred heads, that guarded the golden apples of the Hesperides, slain by Hercules, was celebrated in classic mythology; so was the Lernean hydra, a monster of the marshes that ravaged the country of Lerna in Argolis, destroying both men and beasts. The number of its heads varies with the poets, though ancient gems usually represent it with seven or nine. Hercules was sent to kill it as one of his twelve labours. After driving the monster from its lair with arrows he attacked it with his sword, and in place of each head he struck off two sprang up. Setting fire to a neighbouring wood with the firebrands he seared the throat of the Hydra until he at length succeeded in slaying it. The fable is usually referred to in illustration of a difficulty which goes on increasing as it is combated. -John Vinycomb, Fictitious And Symbolic Creatures In Art – With Special Reference To Their Use In British Heraldry

Writing Prompt: Create a situation for your protagonist that increases in difficulty as he or she works through it.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a situation that seemed to get harder, stickier, or more painful as you worked through it.

Art Prompt: Hydra

Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: Inform your audience what they should do when they run into a situation where the degree of difficulty keeps going up.

Photo Credit: Zaqarbal on Flickr


Ask a few of your friends what animal would they like to be, and many of them will pick an animal that can fly. 
Wings have always been the symbol or attribute of volition, of mind, or of the spirit or air. -John Vinycomb, Fictitious And Symbolic Creatures In Art

Writing Prompt: Create a character who wants to fly and write a story or poem about him or her.

Journaling Prompt: What animal would you like to be and why?

Art Prompt: Wings

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of man’s quest for flight.

Photo Credit: Ken Slade on Flickr

sailing ship

Humans have fabulous imaginations. Anything we don’t understand, we will create an explanation for. No matter how unlikely our explanation is, it will relieve our anxiety.

The ships of the early navigators, with masts and sails and other requisites for directing their motion or influencing their speed, would be objects of astonishment to the inhabitants of the countries they visited, causing them to be received with the utmost respect and veneration. The ship was taken for a living animal, and hence originated, some say, the fables of winged dragons, griffons, flying citadels, and men transformed into birds and fishes. The winged Pegasus was nothing but a ship with sails and hence was said to be the offspring of Neptune. -John Vinycomb, Fictitious And Symbolic Creatures In Art – With Special Reference To Their Use In British Heraldry

Writing Prompt: Create a scene where a character must create an explanation for something they do not understand. Exercise your description skills.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you, as a child, made up a magical explanation for something you didn’t understand.

Art Prompt: Pegasus

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of naming ships.

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Some Kings just can’t catch a break. In this delightful children’s story, the young King has allowed a dragon to escape from a magical book with some dire consequences! Put yourself in his shoes for a moment.

Things were growing very serious. However popular the King might become during the week, the Dragon was sure to do something on Saturday to upset the people’s loyalty. -Edith Nesbit, The Book of Dragons 

Writing Prompt: Write about this from the King’s point of view. Write about it from the dragon’s point of view.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a habit you have that comes out just when you think everything is under control.

Art Prompt: Dragon

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about a time when you were out of control.

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