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25 St. Patrick’s Day Writing Prompts

St. Patrick's Day Writing Prompts

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just about green rivers and shamrock decorations! It’s a fun time to tap into your creative side and explore the cool stories and traditions of Ireland.

These writing prompts are for anyone who wants to get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, whether you’re Irish or just wish you were.

So ditch the stress and get ready to write a story that’s as lively as a jig!

Here’s to good writing (and maybe some green beer later)!

St. Patrick’s Day Writing Prompts

  1. Discovering a Leprechaun’s Purpose: Imagine a world where leprechauns are real, but they don’t just guard pots of gold at the end of the rainbow. In fact, each leprechaun has a unique mission in the world, contributing in their own way. Write a story about a leprechaun and his or her special mission, revealing how it impacts the human world, the trials they face, and how they overcome them.

  2. The Hidden History of St. Patrick: Many people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but few know the actual history behind it. St. Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Research and write an essay about the true history of St. Patrick. Discuss his life, his mission, and how his story was turned into a celebration.

  3. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Parades are an integral part of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Every year, people gather to enjoy the music, the vibrant floats, and the camaraderie. Write a descriptive piece about experiencing a St. Patrick’s Day parade. From the sights and sounds to the emotions and people you’d meet, make the reader feel like they’re right there in the crowd.

  4. The Magic of the Shamrock: In Irish lore, the shamrock is a magical plant, said to have been used by St. Patrick to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. Write a fantastical tale where the shamrock has literal magical properties, affecting people’s lives in surprising ways. How would people react and adjust to this reality?

  5. A Day in Green: St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally associated with the color green. Think about a day when everything you come across is green – food, clothes, transport, even the people! Craft a short story about living in a world where everything is green for one day.

  6. Irish Emigration and Its Impact: The Irish diaspora has had a significant influence on various countries around the globe, particularly in the United States. The history of Irish emigration is filled with tales of hardship, hope, and resilience. Research and write an informative piece on the history of Irish emigration and its global impact.

  7. The Legendary Blarney Stone: The Blarney Stone is a block of Carboniferous limestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). Write a whimsical story about an individual who kisses the Blarney Stone and experiences the unexpected consequences.

  8. A Letter to St. Patrick: Imagine you could write a letter to St. Patrick himself. You could express your thoughts on how his feast day is celebrated today, ask him questions about his life, or perhaps share how his teachings have affected your life. Compose a letter to St. Patrick, delving into your thoughts and feelings about the day that commemorates him.

  9. Reimagining the Leprechaun: In popular culture, leprechauns are often depicted as mischievous, pot-of-gold-hoarding creatures. Now, imagine a scenario where leprechauns are not what they appear to be. Write a story where leprechauns have a different role or identity in the world – perhaps they’re guardians of the earth, secret inventors, or spiritual guides.

  10. St. Patrick’s Day in Space: Consider a future where humans have colonized other planets. How would St. Patrick’s Day be celebrated in these new environments? Would there be any changes to traditional festivities due to the different surroundings? Write a science fiction tale about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in space.

  11. The Unseen Side of St. Patrick: While St. Patrick is venerated as a saint, he was a human with flaws, fears, and struggles. Write a historical fiction piece that portrays a less-known or imagined aspect of St. Patrick’s life – perhaps focusing on his youth, his time in slavery, or the doubts he may have faced during his mission.

  12. St. Patrick’s Day from Different Perspectives: St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by various people around the world, each with their unique traditions and perceptions. Write a series of vignettes showing how different people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, illustrating the diverse ways the day is observed and what it means to people from different walks of life.

  13. The St. Patrick’s Day Heist: Think about a group of thieves who decide to plan their heist on St. Patrick’s Day, leveraging the chaos and festivities to their advantage. What would their plan look like? How do they blend in with the crowd, and how do they overcome obstacles? Craft a thrilling tale of a heist planned on St. Patrick’s Day.

  14. The Lost Irish Recipe: Food and drinks, such as corned beef, cabbage, and Guinness, are important parts of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Imagine discovering an old family recipe from your Irish ancestors that was intended to be made only on St. Patrick’s Day. Write a narrative about finding and recreating this lost Irish recipe, including the challenges, surprises, and rewards along the way.

  15. An Interview with St. Patrick: If you were a journalist who somehow got a chance to interview St. Patrick, what would you ask him? How would he respond, and how would his answers challenge or confirm your preconceptions? Write an imaginative piece in the format of an interview with St. Patrick.

  16. St. Patrick’s Day in the Animal Kingdom: Imagine a world where animals understand and celebrate human holidays, including St. Patrick’s Day. How would different species celebrate? Craft a humorous, heartwarming, or dramatic story about animals celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in their own unique way.

  17. Switching Places with a Leprechaun: Envision waking up one St. Patrick’s Day and realizing you’ve swapped places with a leprechaun. What adventures and misadventures would you face in this magical and unfamiliar world? Write a narrative about experiencing life as a leprechaun for a day.

  18. Rediscovering Irish Folklore: Irish folklore is rich and deeply intertwined with its culture and traditions. Imagine discovering an ancient book filled with forgotten Irish tales and legends. Compose a series of short stories based on these rediscovered myths and legends, and explore their meanings and influences in contemporary times.

  19. The Green Wave: The color green is synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day. Picture a world where everything turns green on this day – not just clothes, but buildings, the sky, even the people! Describe a day when everything in the world turns green, and how people react and adapt to this extraordinary event.

  20. Finding the End of the Rainbow: According to legend, a pot of gold awaits at the end of a rainbow, guarded by a leprechaun. What if one day, you actually find the end of a rainbow? Narrate your adventure in searching for and discovering the end of a rainbow. What challenges would you face, and what would you find?

  21. The Origins of Irish Music: Irish music, with its unique instruments and rhythm, plays a significant role in St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Research and write an informative piece on the origins and evolution of Irish music. Discuss its influences, its impact on world music, and its role in Irish culture and festivities.

  22. The Eco-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day: St. Patrick’s Day celebrations often involve parades, parties, and various other activities. However, some of these may not be environmentally friendly. Write an argumentative essay on how St. Patrick’s Day can be celebrated in a more sustainable and eco-friendly way.

  23. A St. Patrick’s Day Miracle: St. Patrick’s Day is a time of celebration, but for some, it can also be a time of hope and miracles. Write a heartwarming story about a miracle that occurs on St. Patrick’s Day. How does this miraculous event affect the characters involved, and how does it change their lives?

  24. The St. Patrick’s Day Mystery: Imagine a mystery that occurs every St. Patrick’s Day – a symbol appearing in the town square, a strange visitor, or a disappearing landmark. As an amateur detective, you decide to solve this mystery. Compose a suspenseful story about uncovering the St. Patrick’s Day mystery.

  25. St. Patrick’s Day in 100 years: Fast forward to a hundred years in the future, and imagine how St. Patrick’s Day would be celebrated then. How has the holiday evolved? What traditions have stayed, and what new ones have been incorporated? Write a speculative piece on what St. Patrick’s Day could look like in 100 years.