Our first essay will be a creative fiction short story that will follow the traditional story arc – start, initial incident, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution, ending.
Your short story must be between 1,500 to 2,000 words in length.
Your prompt is: What does your community sound like?
Please make sure to have read Dillard’s short story – The Chase – before you start your story as it has all the elements of a narrative storytelling arc.
Your story can be about almost anything (it doesn’t have to be about a chase) and it can be written in any style you like (comedy, drama, thriller, love story, sci-fi) but it needs to follow the story arc structure.
Your story cannot be a retelling of fairytale, and cannot be ‘it was all a dream”. If your story features a dream, the dream must have a meaning to the story. If your story has dialogue, your dialogue must be in “Quotation marks”
Your essay must be in MLA format. You must have double line spacing, .12 font size, Times New Roman font, indented paragraphs.
You will need to submit your essay as an attachment. Your essay must be in doc. docx. or pdf. format. Any other formats cannot be opened. If you are using Google Docs. please make sure to upload the doc. to Canvas, I do not have access to your Google accounts.
You will also need to submit this through Turnitin- the plagiarism tool. You do this by checking the box – declaring that the work is your own. Please do not buy or sign up for any plagiarism checking tool as it is not required.
The reason we are doing this first essay as a creative piece is because it introduces us to writing, and structure, and it requires both creative and critical thinking. It will also require revision and editing. It also requires you to write at least 1,500 words of your own. And creative writing, is like the most fun ever. Or at least one of the most fun things ever.