Daily Themes: Writing Prompts From Yale University

“Daily Themes” is a classic Yale course, where students write a 500-word essay every weekday for an entire semester.

When I took the class in 2015, I saved all the themes in a spreadsheet:

List of All Daily Themes


If you need writing prompts, I recommend these!

As a bonus, here’s a great Calvin Trillin story on the history of the class (requires New Yorker subscription or a way to sneak around the paywall).