April Writing Prompts
We’ve put together a great list of April writing prompts below! The month of April brings much inspiration to writers of all ages and backgrounds. Use these creative writing category prompts, designed specifically for the month of April, to generate original responses about month-long celebrations, climate initiatives, and nature. Responses to these prompts can vary in genre. Writers are encouraged to use rich detail and language, as well as all steps of the writing process (brainstorming, drafting, revising, and polishing), as best suited for their goals as a writer. Keep in mind that some prompts may demand contextualization depending on the learner’s age and needs. We’ve also put together over 100 designs of printable lined paper, so visit and download those for your students!
April Writing Prompts
Category 1: National Poetry Month
It’s April and time to celebrate the world of poetry! These written pieces, both short and long, allow us to connect with ourselves and the world around us. We have much to be thankful for when it comes to poetry. This set of creative writing prompts offers writers an opportunity to celebrate, reflect on, and engage with the world of poetry in many forms.
- Write a poem about your favorite animal or nature scene using descriptive words and colorful imagery.
- Draw a picture of your favorite season and write a sentence explaining why you like it, then turn it into a short poem.
- Write an acrostic poem using the word “SPRING” and describing the sights, sounds, and feelings of the season.
- Choose a famous poem by a well-known poet and create your own version of it, either continuing the story or changing the perspective.
- Write a rhyming poem about a social issue that you care about, expressing your emotions and opinions through powerful language and metaphors.
- Evaluate the similarities between a song and a poem. You are encouraged to choose a song and poem that have the same theme.
Category 2: Earth Day
During the month of March, one celebration that many people look forward to is Earth Day. Let these April writing prompts help you explore the importance of Earth Day in our past, present, and future. This set of creative writing prompts offers writers an opportunity to craft stories, make arguments, and write informative essays.
- Write a story about a person who wants to protect a local rainforest and the animals that live in it.
- Select a forest or beach and describe how visitors can help keep it clean.
- Design a small poster that tells people in your community about three different Earth Day events that are in or near your town.
- Write an informative essay about the history of Earth Day.
- Write an essay about a specific endangered species and how people can help save them.
- Write a diary entry about your connection to nature.
Category 3: Springtime Adventures
During the month of April, spring is in session and there’s a lot to do and see. Let these creative writing prompts help you explore the spirit of the season’s warmth and color. This set of creative writing prompts offers writers an opportunity to craft stories, design artwork, write dialogue, and various types of essays.
- Write a story about a caterpillar exploring the world during springtime, making friends, and learning.
- Design a kite and write a short article about where people can fly their kites.
- Write a short story about two butterflies who are excited about their colorful new wings.
- Write a story about a character who visits a distant relative during spring break.
- Write an essay about a memorable spring day; include rich details.
- Write a reflective piece about a symbol (object) that represents spring.
Category 4: April Fools’ Day
On April 1, people love to play silly pranks on one another. Pranks typically include harmless fun, but it’s important to make sure pranks are responsible and well-intentioned. Let these creative writing prompts help you get silly (and smart!) with pranks. This set of creative writing prompts offers writers an opportunity to craft stories, design artwork, write poems, and write different types of essays.
- Write a story about a silly early morning prank that siblings play on each other on April Fools’ Day before going to school.
- Write a story about a lunchtime/ cafeteria prank that ends in laughter for all.
- Write a poem about the joy and laughter that comes with April Fools’ Day, using rhymes.
- Write a story about a prank gone wrong. Include the consequences and lessons learned from playing tricks on others.
- Write a humorous essay about a cat named Teddy that pranks his owner, Freddy, every April Fools’ Day.
- Write a persuasive essay on why every household should or should not celebrate April Fools’ Day.
Category 5: National Library Month
During the month of April, libraries get a little extra shine! These important places give us access to quiet spaces, stories, and learning environments that extend beyond our classrooms. Let these creative writing prompts help you explore the wonder of any library. This set of creative writing prompts offers writers an opportunity to craft stories, posters, and research.
- Write a story about a magical book that comes to life and takes readers on a thrilling adventure through different worlds.
- Imagine you are a librarian for a day. Write a journal entry describing all the exciting activities you would plan for your library, including storytime, crafts, and book recommendations.
- Create a poster encouraging your friends to visit the library. Include illustrations and persuasive language to convince them of the wonders of reading.
- Write a short story about a book character that comes to life and interacts with the real world. Describe the character’s journey of self-discovery and the challenges they face in adapting to the real world.
- Research a banned book in history and write an essay defending why it should not have been banned. Include evidence from the book and arguments about the importance of freedom of expression.
- Design a modern library that stores and displays books in nontraditional ways. Explain how you believe your design will attract more readers and patrons to the local library.
Category 6: National Garden Month
During the month of April, many people endeavor to revive or create gardens– these can come in any shape or size. Let these creative April writing prompts help you explore the joy of gardening. This set of creative writing prompts offers writers an opportunity to craft stories, design artwork, and write letters, essays, poems, and more!
- Imagine you have a magical seed that can grow into anything you want. Write a story about what you would plant and the adventures that would ensue.
- Draw a picture of your dream garden and write a description of what plants, flowers, and creatures you would include. Use your imagination to create a unique and fantastical garden.
- Name a flower you walk past each day; what will you call it and why?
- Write a persuasive essay advocating for the importance of gardening in today’s world. Discuss the benefits of gardening, such as sustainability and healthy eating.
- Imagine you are a botanist studying a rare and endangered plant species. Write your observations, research, and efforts to determine if the plant is similar to others.
- Create a poem or short story inspired by the beauty of a small garden that exists on a small ledge of someone’s urban apartment.