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Riddle Workshop


This workshop will show you how to write a style of riddle called 'Mystery Guest'. Your mystery guest can be a person, object, place or animal. The aim of the workshop is for your to write a poem describing your 'mystery guest' as several other things and at the end reveal who the poem is about.


Firstly choose who your mystery guest is going to be and write their name in the middle of a piece of paper.

Secondly, write words around their name that you associate with them. This can be anything from their height to what they like to do. In a different colour pen think of something that is also like the words you have chosen. For example if you put your mystery guest was a ‘good singer' you may liken that to ‘birds singing on a spring morning'. Perhaps they are ‘tall' like a ‘skyscraper'.

Next, from the list below choose three or four (or them all if you like!) and write them on your paper in a different colour pen:

 Famous person
 Animal / creature
 Item of clothing
 Item of clothing

Now, next to your choices write down the ‘answer’ of what your mystery guest would be if they were these things. For example if they like football you may liken them to ‘Match of the Day’.

Finally it’s time to put your ideas together to make a list of descriptions so the reader can guess who your mystery guest is. You can move the lines around and change words once you have the basic poem structure written down.


My Riddle

He is as tall as a skyscraper
He sings like the birds on a spring morning
He is a hot and spicy pizza
He is Match of the Day
He is the autumn wind, strong and fearless
He is red, full of love but sometimes anger
He is a sofa, comfy and relaxing
He is a monkey, cheeky and fun
My mystery guest is... Robbie Williams.

My Mystery Guest

It is the summer sun, fierce and strong
It is the Sahara Desert, dangerous and sometimes deadly
It is yellow, like a thorny but beautiful rose
It is a steak, cooked rare, still bloody
It is fear and admiration, it commands respect
It is soft like a piece of velvet
It is a warrior protecting family and land
It is a victim, falling prey to the hunter
It is a... lion.

Your Turn

Finished? Why not submit your poem to Young Writers and we will enter it into one of our competitions.

Alternatively send your poem to:

Young Writers, Remus House, Coltsfoot Drive, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 9BF or email it to