Writing Prompts

What do I write about?

Dr. Greg Shirley wears a face mask at his desk on the TWU Denton campus.
Dr. Greg Shirley began working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Everyone has a different story and we want to hear yours! Below are some ideas of topics to write about from your COVID-19 experience.


  • What are some things that make you anxious or frustrated right now? Are you mourning what used to be normal?
  • What are you thankful for right now? What brings you joy?
  • How are you coping with the changes?

Home Life

  • What is/was your situation at home? Who is/was home, working from home, or working outside the home?
  • Are/did your relationships with your family and friends changing while sheltering in place?
  • Are/were you taking care of children, a high risk individual, or a senior relative while juggling classes and/or work?
  • What is/was happening in your daily life at home? How are/were your parents/friends/partners/etc doing?
  • How has/was your experience getting everyday items like groceries and household goods (cleaning supplies, paper goods, etc.)? Have/were there been shortages?


A TWU Starbucks student employee wears a mask while at work at the Denton campus Starbucks.
Kendalynn Clemons worked at the TWU Denton campus Starbucks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Are/were you working from home? What challenges did you face?
  • Are/were you working outside the home? What challenges did you face?
  • Do/did you have a job on or off campus? What kind of work did you do, and how has that been affected?
  • Are you an essential worker? What has your experience been?
  • Do you work in healthcare? What has your experience been? Did you have problems with PPE, working conditions, etc.?


A TWU dental hygiene student takes the temperature of a patient before entering the clinic during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
TWU Dental Hygiene students took precautions before seeing patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Are you a student? How did you handle the transition to online classes?
  • What kind of messages have you received from professors?
  • How are other students handling the changes?
  • Are you a parent that had to teach your children? What was your experience?
  • Are you involved in student organizations, sports, or clubs? How has COVID-19 and campus responses affected those?
  • Did you live on campus? Did you have to move or did you stay on campus?


  • Did you get sick? Did anyone you know get sick?
  • What symptoms were there? 
  • What was the response from medical personnel?
  • Was COVID-19 testing accessible?