Writing Prompts to Inspire This Juneteenth Weekend
It's a Write-in

Happy Juneteenth Weekend! If you didn’t know, Big Black Chapters is hosting a write-in this Juneteenth weekend to celebrate Freedom Day and the memories of George Floyd, Ahmed Aubrey, Breonna Taylor,  and so many others.

With COVID-19 and other recent events, it may be difficult for some to focus on writing. Whew, don’t we understand. The following prompts were created to give your creativity a boost and are in sync with the theme for the write-in – The Black Experience in America. 

So, grab a pen or flip open that laptop. It’s time to write on this Juneteenth Weekend. 

June 19th
Genre: Historical Fiction

It’s June 19, 1865 and Union Troops have just arrived on the shores of Galveston Island with news of Emancipation. However, the troops are met with opposition and are forced to retreat. Tell the story of what happens next. How do the enslaved learn of their newfound freedom? 

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What Had Happened Was....
Genre: Historical Fiction

“History is written by the victors.” – Winston Churchill

All too often, we’re given a whitewashed version of certain historical events. Now’s the time to tell your truth. Pick an event in history and write the story of what really happened. 

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Fated for Lockup
Genre: Urban Fiction/Sci Fi

Your character has been convicted of a crime they didn’t commit. Fated to serve time in a maximum security prison, all hope is lost…until the world is thrust into a pandemic, twenty times worse than COVID-19. As the world goes into chaos, the warden orders a complete lockdown before fleeing with much of the staff, leaving the prisoners to fend for themselves. What happens? How does your character plot their escape?

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The Sunken Place is real
Genre: Horror/Thriller

We thought it was just a movie. We should have paid attention to Peele’s subtle hints. He tried to warn us, but we couldn’t hear him. Now, it’s too late. The Sunken Place is real, and I’ll tell you how I know. 

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Antebellum
Genre: Horror/Fantasy/Sci Fi

Your character inherits family land that once housed a bustling plantation. Instead of selling the property to the descendants of the slaves that once worked there, your character decides to turn the plantation into a Bed & Breakfast. During renovations, an old, slave graveyard is unearthed. Your character orders work to continue and construction takes place, but soon they wished they hadn’t. Why?

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