Dark woods have long been a vital part of many stories.

Snow White encounters the huntsman in a dark woods and escapes into another part of the woods. Ditto with Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf.

Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz is attacked in dark woods. Bilbo Baggins and the dwarves are set upon by oversized spiders in the dark woods called Mirkwood.

What will happen in your woods?

MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL WRITING PROMPT: Literature is filled with dangerous things that happen in dark woods. Use these images to write a story. What will happen there? How will they escape?

Now it’s your turn: Use the images in this prompt as a springboard for a story or for part of a story. Who is in these woods? What dangers will they encounter? What will happen here and how will they escape?

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