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A Summer of Stories

How’s summer going in your home? If it’s like ours, it’s good, but a bit… punchy.

It’s hot. Kids are getting bored. There’s lots of togetherness, but it breeds a bit of cabin fever.

We’re doing some summer school “lite” to keep gears from rusting when school starts before too long—a little math, a lot of reading, and some creative writing when the mood hits. Learning really does happen when we least expect it and in a million different ways, so I don’t want to overdo it. But sometimes my kids need some inspiration, some nudging.

And let’s be honest—I need some ideas for their long summer days.

A Summer of Stories: 10 Prompts for Writing Great Summertime Tales

For several summers now, the kids have used A Summer of Stories, a digital book I wrote a few years ago. And I just updated and revised it.

Step-by-step instructions and space to scratch out steps to good creative writing, with an easy-to-read explanation on the five elements of a story and the five elements of a plot.

A Summer of Stories: 10 Prompts for Writing Great Summertime Tales

A Summer of Stories: 10 Prompts for Writing Great Summertime Tales

And then? Ten delightfully simple, sometimes silly story prompts to get them going. Ten possible stories to get you through the summer.

A Summer of Stories: 10 Prompts for Writing Great Summertime Tales

You can print it out and bind it at your local copy shop, adding or leaving out as many pages as you want. Or, just keep it as a digital resource and read the prompts from your screen while your budding writer uses her own journal.

This will add an oomph of creativity to the dog days of summer—let me help you get through the final push.

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  1. kariane

    Kids learn so many things just by being engaged in everyday life. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that their math skills took a similar leap without formal training; math boils down to patterns and problem solving, after all. This sounds like a lovely summer!

  2. Katy

    Please share your reading list for this summer. We have a daughter that loves to read but actually finding the books can be tough. I’ve tried to encourage her to read Harry Potter, but, no. Welcome back!!

  3. Jill

    I am super excited about this. A friend and I were texting last night about summer writing options for our children.

    • Claire

      So excited for this!

  4. Maggie

    Imagine all the wonderful ideas swirling around in your kids heads right now! That’s awesome. I was just working on a homemade travel journal for my kids with writing prompts for a trip we’re taking later this summer. This post was perfectly timed!

  5. Angela

    This will be perfect as my family is taking a long road trip this summer, and it will give the kids something to think about during the drive.

  6. Noelle

    Love this idea! Can’t wait to print it & start!

  7. Laura

    When I was in school my mom always made us read all summer long. We went to the library every week and each kid got the maximum number of books the library would allow. I remember so many summer afternoons just devouring good books!

  8. Heather

    I LOVE this (and I think my girls will too!)…Can’t wait to try it!

  9. Erin

    Looks great!

  10. Claire

    I just got it and I’m so excited to get started. Thanks!

  11. Shannon Skelton

    Hi Tsh, I love this blog though I don’t know if I’ve commented yet. But I’m a creative writer working on my MFA in fiction and I also teach writing, and I think it’s so cool that you are getting your daughter writing stories! I think it’s one of the best things we can encourage kids (and everyone!) to do. So many of my college students have basically never had to write a story in school! (And Flannery O’Connor said she really didn’t know what a story was until she was trying to write them…) My own daughter is only 20 months old but I’m keeping this stuff in mind for the future:) And thanks for the blog– I love reading and just put Notes From a Blue Bike on hold at my library today:)

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