Workshop 2

[Owen Marshall]

Week 3:

Workshop 2

Distribute Group 1 stories

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 2: Workshop Story Due. Bring enough copies for the entire class

  • Group 1: Peer Reviews

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