Challenges

Each week you’ll find a new creative prompt to inspire your writing. Our fun Challenges help you practise your skills, and encourage you to get your ideas onto the page. See how other iWrite members have responded, or try your hand and share your own!

This week's challenge
It's springtime and the birds are singing again. You might well be familiar with the old nursery rhyme "one for sorrow, two for joy"- each number corresponds to how many magpies you see all together. ...
Animals often take centre stage in literature - you may have grown up with a fondness for the Animal Ark series or Farthing Wood, or perhaps you favour Animal Farm or Watership Down - these are...
As Oscar Wilde once remarked from his deathbed: “Either these curtains go or I do.” Some of literature’s greatest scenes revolve around a character’s death. Elegant last lines, dramatic sword ...
What if you had a terribly inconvenient superpower? You transform all water you touch into ice-cubes. You helplessly tune into arguments three miles away. Maybe you suffer from being sexually attract...
In honour of Mothering Sunday this week, we'd like you to write about birth. A mother giving birth to her baby, the birth of the solar system, the birth of a nation, you can be a literal or as abstrac...
Transgressive fiction is an unusual genre that includes writers like Bret Easton Ellis, the Marquis de Sade, Irvine Welsh and Hubert Selby Jr. Why not break the rules? Does your character fail to fit ...
It was a dark and stormy night— one of the most famous opening lines. The elements can be harnessed for their literary power in books. Can you conjure up a life-changing storm? It could anything fro...