Romance – December 18

Premiering on this date in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia, The Nutcracker ballet tells the story of a girl who so loves an inanimate object that it comes to life. Writing prompt: Tell the origin story of an...

Primary – December 18

On this date in 1912, after three years of digging in Sussex, England, amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson announced the discovery of two skulls he said belonged to an early human that he claimed to be the...

SciFi/Fantasy – December 18

Steven Spielberg was born on this date in 1946. About his movies, he’s said he has “this preoccupation with ordinary people pursued by large forces.” Writing prompt: Write a scene in which...

Mystery – December 18

“A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanations.” -Saki (Hector Hugh Munro), born this date in 1870. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which a character’s innocent little inaccuracy...

Literary – December 18

“Sometimes you can do things for others that you can’t do for yourself.” -A.M. Homes, born this date in 1961. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist achieves for an ungrateful friend...

Secondary – December 18

On this date in 1865, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolished slavery in the United States. Describe what it would feel like to be owned by another...

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