Welcome to Dormant Stories

Story Starters and Writing Resources for Educators

Dormant Stories is a collection of free story openings written by a teacher (me!) for use in the elementary teaching of writing. I have been writing these and others for twenty years to allow me to demonstrate specific writing tools and techniques in class, and keep my own writing muscles flexing.

Who knows, one day I may even finish one…

In the meantime, help yourself to the story openings, endings, part works and writing resources on this site. 

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Sarah and Tim loved swimming. They were both in the school team and went to the same diving club, down by the docks. Although only twelve…

Jim looked around the deserted science lab. He knew he shouldn’t have snuck back, but he really wanted to see what Mr Jenkins, his teacher had been working on…

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Sarah and Tim loved swimming. They were both in the school team, and went to the same diving club, down by the docks. Although only twelve, they both knew how to handle themselves both in and under the water.

Sarah signalled to Tim that they had ten minutes air left in the tanks, and he looked up towards the bottom of the boat to check that they hadn’t drifted too far. He saw the familiar bright blue hull of the ‘Pride of Dawlish’ above them, and gave her the thumbs up.

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