Category Archives: Fiction

Kids’ responses to fun writing prompts

This past weekend, the Loft and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts hosted a fun event for all of the Combo Classes we’ve held this summer. In Combo Classes, students start the day upstairs at the Loft, working on their creative writing, then go downstairs to MCBA to create book art. This year, for the first time ever, students had the unique and exciting opportunity to display their book art in the gallery here at Open Book. We held a reception to celebrate.

Visit the Loft’s Facebook page for pictures of the reception.

For a fun activity at the reception, we handed out writing prompts. A few student artists were brave enough to share what they came up with.

By Isak D., age 9

By Andrew K., age 8

By Daniel B., age 10

Also by Daniel B., age 10

Many thanks to We adapted the prompts slightly from their Daily Themes.





More fun stuff from last week’s Wimpy Kids

A drawing by Isaiah K., age 9

By Astrid A., age 11

A comic by Wes T., age 12

Another comic by Wes T., age 12

A twisted fairy tale by Thiago X., age 11

Hunger Games poem by Clare L., age 11

Clare L., age 11

By Tyler T., age 9


Silly Stories from some very silly kids

If you’d like to write a story but you’re feeling stuck, a great way to get yourself started is to re-read books you love and write a book based on the same idea. That’s just what the students in Carissa Jean Tobin’s “Sillier Stories” class did last week. Take a look, and see if you can tell what books they used as an example.

Never Bring a Lion to the Movies by Mina R., age 6

“Never Bring a Lion to the Movies” by Mina R., age 6
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If You Give a Pig a Apple by Camille W., age 6

If You Give a Pig a Apple by Camille W., age 6

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If You Give a Mouse the Newspaper by Svetlana G.

If You Give a Mouse the Newspaper by Svetlana G.

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Svetlana G., Page 3

If You Give a [Tortoise] Coca Cola by Thomas G., age 8

If You Give a Tortus Coca Cola by Thomas G., age 8

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“De Rien” by Abigail M., age 15

De Rien
By Abigail M., age 15

We took the train from Caen to Paris. As the train acquired an increasing  detritus of passengers, more and more people accumulated in the cramped compartments. I felt sorry for the poor souls forced to stand during the bumpy, jolting ride, clinging for onto the edges of occupied seats. After my guilt became unbearable, I offered my seat to the Young Woman sitting uncomfortably on my arm rest. She refused at first, protesting softly in French. Her petite facial features were dwarfed by a disgustingly enormous pair of sunglasses. She soon realized that I didn’t speak French and sat down. Most likely she dreaded a prolonged non-vocal/multilingual argument, as did I. “Merci, merci,” she repeated. Continue reading

Wimpy Kids, unite!

This week, Kurtis Scaletta–popular published author & Loft employee extraordinaire-turned-teaching artist extraordinaire–is offering a class called Your Life is Hilarious: A Writing Class for Wimpy Kids, based on the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series. He’s encouraged the students to write with lots of humor and no obligation to tell the truth. Here are a few examples of what they’ve come up with.

A Zoo-Wee Mama cartoon by Olivia G., age 11
The Zoo-Wee Mama punchline makes more sense (which is to say, it still doesn’t make sense) if you’ve read any of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Another Zoo-Wee Mama cartoon by Olivia G., age 11.

By Owen H., age 10


A short story by Soren S., age 10.

“The Final Act,” by Grayson S., age 16

 Grayson took a Loft youth class last week with called “Writing the Dark” with teaching artist Jeanne Bain.

 Parents: this story was written in a Loft teen class. Content may not be appropriate for young readers. Please use your judgment.

The final act is about to begin. The spotlights focus center stage. There sits a coffin and saw adjacent to it. Standing beside the saw is Heinrich Hofmeister. A master magician, he stands about five feet, ten inches with an unnerving smile, facilitated by his mustache that is split down the center and divided into equal halves. His fiery gaze is cast across the audience, not a single person unseen. His hair is pitch black and nicely combed over his left temple. His teeth shine to perfection in the spotlight. Continue reading

“War,” an epic tale by Lachen R., age 10

Last week in Marie Olofsdotter’s class called “Fairy Tales & Myths: Write Your Own Story,” every student created a fascinating magical realm and filled it with characters on a journey and, of course, villains. One student, though, really went above and beyond: he wrote 36 pages! That’s more than most adults have ever written.

It’s a great story. Enjoy!

An illustration of Dako

An illustration of Hastabingo

An illustration of the kingdom of Tikrif

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