Write an Agatha Christie-style mystery where a woman leaves a room for five minutes and returns to find the keychain left on her desk is now missing.
Write a crime thriller where a rookie police officer must testify against his partner after witnessing him stealing money from the evidence locker. The rookie is rewarded when his Police Captain writes him a glowing letter of recommendation.
Open your story with the line: “The guilt was rising inside of me like a high tide. I knew what I had done was wrong. I needed to tell Mrs. MacMillan her keys were…”
The year is 2392, and humans live dull lives, not allowed to access the wonders of education. Plucky 15-year-old Orion Starr and her robot sidekick, Pythagoras, must find the keys of knowledge and return them to the Ancient One or humanity will be doomed to permanent detention.
Write a Man vs. Nature tale of a woman who goes on a camping trip alone and is chased by a bear. Describe her last thoughts, including the detail that she might have been able to outrun the bear if she had not recently lost the access fob to her gym.
In a thrilling pirate tale, the dreaded pirate Long John Division’s favorite spyglass is stolen by a lowly powder monkey. Write a tale of redemption on the high seas where the scared swabby returns the spyglass and Long John Division shows mercy and doesn’t call his parents.
Without the keys to her Hyundai Elantra, a woman cannot pick up her daughter’s Little Mermaid birthday cake. Write a bildungsroman beginning with this disappointing tenth birthday and ending with the daughter tragically dropping out of high school to join a TikTok hype house.
Write an Edgar Allen Poe style poem detailing a woman’s descent into madness as she must reapply for Kroger, Qdoba, Jewel Osco, Citgo, Petco, Circle K, CVS, Office Depot, Panera, and Hallmark rewards programs.
Mimi Rogers-Dalton arrives at her son’s house for an impromptu visit with the sole aim of ensuring that her daughter-in-law is making good use of her Destin, Florida keychain. Write an Austen-style story of manners where Mimi subtly berates her disappointing daughter-in-law for losing the precious piece of plastic that Mimi had to visit three gift shops to find because “someone had to be different and spell Amy with an ie.”
Write down where my keys are, slide the piece of paper onto my desk, and for the rest of class we can watch a movie.