Student Work

In December 2016, I visited Memorial Middle School in South Portland, Maine, and spoke to five classes of sixth graders. This was my first time holding Create a Premise and it was a resounding success. Here’s one premise that students created—and revised. I provided medieval names and identities for the students to choose from.

Liulf, a monster from the woods, must kill people because he needs to eat them. He’s constantly fleeing from knights sent by the local lord, but must continue to kill and eat, or else he’ll starve. Amelyn, a castle guard’s daughter, is Liulf’s best friend. Amelyn carries a certain kind of blood that Liulf needs: if he consumes it, he’ll become human, which is his goal. But he can’t bear the thought of eating his friend, and so when he learns that she alone has the blood to save him, he flees from her. Yet Amelyn, who loves her friend, follows him, unaware of the risk to her life.

I love this premise, and I hope the students create a story based on it!

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