Did you miss class today? I hope not, but in case you did, please catch up by taking care of the following assignment.

– Mr. O


Directions: Select one of the prompts below and write a short story. You may mix elements of the prompts if you wish, and you may change the character’s gender in the prompt. Show, don’t tell: use dialog to make your story more interesting. Expected length is 3 pages or more. DO NOT write the prompt, but do write a creative title.

  1. Describe a memorable event, positive or negative, and how it felt to you, but do not name the feeling. Instead, tell how it felt in your body (damp hands, metallic taste, tight throat, wobbly knees, etc.).
  2. Create a story using one of the following beginnings:

“The last time I saw her, she…”

“From the back of the truck…”

“On the night of the full moon…”

“The one thing I know for sure…”

  1. Create a short story that is 26 sentences long, each sentence beginning with the next letter of the alphabet. (Add other conditions, if desired, such as one sentence should be one-word long; there should be one question mark, one quotation, etc.) Rigid rules often produce fascinating results—such as with well-written sonnets, which have 14 lines and tight rhyme schemes, each line governed by a specific number of syllables and alternating stressed and unstressed syllables.
  2. Your character develops the idea that she can hear the voices of the dead on a certain radio channel. She decides to take advantage of this channel to find answers to some questions that are bothering her about her dead parents.
  3. Write a short story about two people trapped in an elevator. They can’t be rescued for at least half an hour, and they can’t stand each other. Write your story using dialog only – no descriptive paragraphs or words.
  4. Write a short story that begins with this sentence: When Sharon opened the door of the closet, she could not see her clothes; instead, she saw a beautiful forest.
  5. Write a short story about someone who has lied to save a friend from trouble, but now must keep telling lies to stay out of trouble.

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