Get creative – writing prompt films

During the first Covid Lockdown in 2020, Spark Young Writers stopped meeting altogether. Instead, we asked our lead writers to make some short videos with creative writing activities for young writers to do. 

We released one per week for the long months of lockdown. Now we’re back to meeting in person, but they are still a handy resource for people wanting writing prompts at any time.

You might also like the back catalogue of Funsheets that we made for junior aged children or the activities as part of the Summer Writing Challenge 2022 for high school aged young people both from the pen of the poet Liz Berry.

Get writing!

Introduction to Spark channel

Ken Preston: Stay creative

Emilie Lauren Jones: virtual creative writing session

William Gallagher: creative journey

Rick Sanders: get creative with eco bricks

Jean Atkin: Let’s write an Ode!

Lauren James: Take a favourite book…

Ken Preston: Make a mythical creature

Nellie Cole: The Writer’s Notebook

Patrick McConnell: Twisted Tales

Maria Whatton: Poetry Challenge

Jean Atkin: Time Travel Story

Ben Davis: Diary Writing

Rick Sanders: Music as a prompt

Jean Atkin: Wordy Street

Helen Calcutt: Word Bank

George Bastow: Home Word Challenge

William Gallagher: Write a Fight!

Liz Hyder: Reviewing Top Tips

Sara-Jane Arbury: What’s in a name?

Sara-Jane Arbury: Finding names

Get Writing

If you’d like to submit a piece of your writing for possible inclusion in the magazine, please see the Get Involved page to see more details. This magazine is published online three times a year: summer (June/July), winter (October-December) and spring (February-April) terms.

Our Spark Young Writers groups for September 2023-June 2024 are now available to book, including three new junior groups for Staffordshire, starting in January 2024.


Young Writers can submit up to three pieces of writing to our online magazine. The deadline for submissions for Issue 28 is 26th March 2024. Full details can be found here.

Check out all our ideas for writing prompts at our Get Writing tab. A wide selection of images, videos and funsheets for young writers to complete.