24 Sep

    IN MEDIAS RES

    Today we learned about in medias res, a literary technique where the author begins the story in the middle of the action, rather than beginning at the beginning.  We looked at five examples of novels that begin in medias res: Everything You Need to Know to Survive the Apocalypse by Lucas Klauss, All the Right […]

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    10 Jun

      SINS

      Choose one of the “deadly sins,” which are lust, sloth, rage, gluttony, jealousy, greed, and pride.  Shame also works well.  Write a scene where your main character is feeling one of those “sins” in a big way!  Think about how to express the feeling in metaphor or concrete detail. Show the feeling, don’t tell the […]

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      10 Jun

        VILLIANS

        Cruella De Ville? Voldemort? Darth Vadar? Who is your favorite villain in fiction or film? Any particular moments you remember clearly? And while you’re at it, why do we love those villains so much?

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        13 May

          LYING AND FIGHTING

          This week’s assignment asks you to engage with two painful human habits: lying and fighting.  You can choose to fictionalize one or the other, or both, it’s up to you. Almost everyone lies, whether they be small “white” lies or full-scale deceptions, and the moments when people lie are usually full of stress, desire, and […]

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          19 Nov

            PLOT YOUR STORY

            This week, I would like you to continue writing a story you have already started. Everyone seems to have a strong story in progress, and I don’t want to break your flow by forcing you to move onto a new idea. So please write two new pages of the story you have already started. If […]

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