Workshop 1

[Owen Marshall]

Week 2:

Workshop 1

Each workshop stream will be divided into four writing groups by their tutor.

Fiction Exercise 1: The Twist

Owen Marshall’s “Mumsie and Zip” portrays what looks like a conventional suburban couple – then complicates the picture with a violent and shocking event.
  • Describe a “conventional” person [brainstorm some examples] who – at least on the surface – conforms to stereotype.
  • Put them in contact with something new: an unexpected person or event.
  • Twist the ending. Try to surprise us with an unexpected turn that gives a new perspective on the central character
(maximum: one page – minimum: one paragraph)

Next week:

  • Group 1: Workshop Stories Due. Bring enough copies for the whole class

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