Writing Prompts

Choose a topic, suggest a length and name the deadline.

It’s a great time for staffers to reflect — and it will probably be more interesting reading than some of the other assignments you’ll give.


  • What do you remember about the first story you ever wrote for publication?
  • What’s the most difficult topic you have ever written about in yearbook? Why?
  • What three interviewing or reporting tips would you give a new writer on staff?
  • Describe a story that changed in focus after you started working on it — and tell why you made the decisions you did.
  • Which of the pieces you wrote this year made you most proud? Why?
  • What makes a good storyteller?
  • Describe your favorite interview to date.


  • What’s your favorite part of designing spreads?
  • Which principle of design changed you most as a designer?
  • What’s your favorite current design trend?
  • What’s the aspect of design you find most difficult to master? Why?
  • What are your favorite and least favorite fonts? Why?
  • What are your favorite and least favorite ways to use color? Why?
  • Which of your spreads this year represents your best design work? Describe the aspects that make you most proud.


  • What are your favorite photos to take? Why?
  • Which principles have changed the way you photograph?
  • What advice do you give friends and family about shooting better photos?
  • What advice would you give other staffers about selecting photos for highest impact?
  • Which aspects of photography have been hardest for you to master?
  • What traits set the best photographers apart?


  • How has your daily routine changed in these days of eLearning, quarantines and “staying in place”?
  • What’s the biggest impact the coronavirus has had on you personally? Why?
  • What has the coronavirus taught you about other people?
  • What do you miss most about school?
  • Discuss at least three things you no longer take for granted.


  • Tell the story of your yearbook beginnings.
  • How has yearbook changed you?
  • What’s your favorite part of yearbook? Why?
  • What’s your proudest yearbook moment so far?
  • What part of yearbook is most difficult for you? Why?
  • What has being on yearbook meant to you?
  • What’s the most important lesson you learned in yearbook? Why?
  • What do you tell your friends and family about yearbook?
  • What part of the 2020 yearbook are you most excited to see?
  • Why do yearbooks matter?


  • What’s something you are willing to fight for? Why?
  • What do you consider the best part of you? Why?
  • What’s one thing you used to believe that is no longer true for you? What caused that to change?
  • What do you know now that you wish you knew as the year began?
  • What do you know now that you wish you had known five years ago?