Meeting Next Week!

Harks and alarms! Greetings and Salutations, Scribblers!

Our next meeting is Thursday, October 17, 7-8pm EST.

During this meeting we will finish up our personal short story exercise. See below of more info.
If you’re not able to join us this week, I will send out information about the assignment.

Open Mic
Want to read some of your writing at this week’s meeting or have someone else read it?
Open Mic Requirements:
-You have two options. You can submit an excerpt of your personal short story, or a Halloween themed piece.
-You must email your piece by Wednesday, October 16.
-You can submit fiction, poetry, or non-fiction.
-Your piece or excerpt should be 500 words or less.
-Pieces must be school appropriate.
-Pieces will be read on a first come, first served basis as time allows.

Literature Chat
Do you want to share a book you’ve read or an author you love with the club? Maybe you read about a writing technique or idea that you’d like to share.
Literature Chat Requirements:
-You must be present to discuss your slide and have a mic to be able to speak to the group.
-You must create a powerpoint slide about what you’d like to share.
-You must email your piece by Wednesday, October 16.
-Your powerpoint should be limited to one slide.
-Topics must be school appropriate.
-Topics will be read on a first come, first served basis as time allows.

Ya’ll have gotten chatty this year! We started a little bit last meeting, but moving forward, please raise your hand any time you want to speak. That way everyone gets a shot. I know it can be hard to grab the mic.

October Assignment:
Personal Short Story
We will use a personal event to create a fictional short story. Choose something that happened to you to create a fictional story. You can choose something as mundane as a trip to the library or as exciting as a cruise on the Riviera. Your story may look very similar to what happened to you or look completely different once you’re done. You’ll want to change events to make it dramatic. Remember to create tension and up the ante for your characters. You may have characters in your story that are real people. You may add characters that didn’t exist when this happened to you.
1. Write about something that happened to you in first person. (~500 words)
2. Write the same story in third person.
3. Identify the story’s elements: characterization, theme, setting, mood/tone
4. Identify the story’s arc
5. Write the fictional version of your personal story. (500-7500 words)

Your stories are due by October 16. You can send them to me or keep them for yourself.
You can email me a 500 word excerpt of your story if you’d like to share them at Open Mic. You may submit your stories to be posted on the blog if they are 500 words or less.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and I hope to see you soon!


Posted on October 11, 2013, in Club Business. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I’ll be there! 🙂

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