In the recent sophomore reflections, several people expressed a wish to write more “creative” pieces. To honor those voices, and to inject variety in my absence, start an original short story of a thousand words or less, using these guidelines:
general instruction: a story with a poem near its center (the generally-stated instruction of “near its center” intentionally enables various interpretations; the poem may be yours or a published poem by anyone in the world from any time in history)
see raw materials/writing prompts/creative prompts for suggested first lines
TODAY’S CLASS IS SIMPLY A CHANCE TO START YOUR STORY; DO NOT EXPECT TO FINISH IT. SEVERAL SUGGESTIONS FOR STORIES OF THIS LENGTH: FOCUS ON ONE OR TWO CHARACTERS ONLY; HAVE A SPECIFIC CONFLICT OR TENSION AT THE CORE OF YOUR STORY; HAVE FUN CONSIDERING VARIOUS WAYS IN WHICH A POEM MIGHT APPEAR “NEAR THE CENTER” OF A STORY. FOR EXAMPLE, DO WE NEED TO SEE THE WHOLE POEM, OR ANY OF IT, FOR IT TO BE “NEAR THE CENTER”? WOULD THE STORY BE SPOILED, IF READERS WERE TO SEE THE WHOLE POEM?
THIS IS AN ONGOING PROJECT–A BIT LIKE A LITERARY SKETCH BOOK. MAKE A START, WHATEVER THAT MEANS FOR YOU. WE WILL HAVE MORE TIMES TO WORK ON IT. ALSO, WE WILL FIND WAYS FOR YOU TO RECEIVE CLASSMATES’ FEEDBACK ON YOUR MANUSCRIPTS. WHO KNOWS, WE COULD EVEN PRODUCE A COLLECTION OF STUDENT SHORT STORIES FOR THE LIBRARY, AND ELSEWHERE. ENJOY.