ENG 204: SHORT STORY PROJECT INTRO TO CREATIVE WRITING Instructor: Catherine Keefe Spring, 2013 Email: [email protected] _____________________________________________________________________________________ You will create 5,000 words (maximum) of short fiction. You may select to turn in three pieces of flash fiction (1500 words each) OR one full-length story. If you select three pieces of flash fiction, there should be some sort of unifying theme between the three works. You will also create a 250 word Author's Statement of Intent that explains the personal Theory of Fiction evident in your work. Select work we've read in class to use as samples of particular writing techniques that you are practicing in your short fiction. Your intended audience is your class peers, other students, and potentially, readers of literary journals. The completed assignment is due by 5 p.m. on Fri. March 22. Note other dates on ENG 204 Class Schedule for draft and workshopping deadlines. Please attach file as a document and submit to Blackboard. You'll find the Submission Site on this class Blackboard site under the "Discussions" tab. _____________________________________________________________________________________ ASSESSMENT: Value: 200 points Grading will be based on: Critical Engagement: Have you included an Author's Statement of Intent? Does it use at least three specific examples of techniques you've discovered through the fiction we've read for this class? Does it clearly state what you're hoping to achieve with your fiction and give specific examples from your own work to show a reader that you've accomplished what you set out to do? Plot: Does the story move forward with purpose and tension? Is each scene progression built upon a previous scene? Is the action "true" to the characters, setting, time/space constraints? Does the story end when it's over? Does it begin in the middle of action? Have you found an effective balance between scene and summary? Character Development: Does your protagonist end in a different place from where he or she began? (Remember this can be a better place, like in "Chlorine," or a worse place, as in "Black and White.") Do the details of your character - food choice, clothing, car, hobbies, living space add to character exposition? Language: Do the characters' personalities show through with word choice? Is there a discernable purpose to your choice of setting, time period, and character names? Is the language consistent with setting and time period? Voice: Have you created a living, breathing, believable character with a distinct voice? Does each character have an individual voice? Have you heightened the voice so much that the reader will fall in love or disgust with your character? Depth: Is your story "about" something more than first appears on the surface? Can the reader discover new meanings with repeated readings? Will the reader learn something new about the human condition by reading your story? Is that something new essential, or told in a new way? Format – Does your story have a title? Is your name on your document? Have you included word count? Have you included all the required elements? Have you checked for spelling, grammar, and word usage errors?