ERIC Number: ED351680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
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Narrative Is Just a Fancy Word for Story: Incorporating a Short Fiction Assignment into the Freshman Composition Syllabus.
Moore, Dinty W.
A short story assignment incorporates creative writing into the syllabus of a freshman composition class, while erasing the misconception that creative writing is something a "regular" student cannot do. Students write a rough draft both of a personal experience essay and of a short story. Based on peer-reviews of both, students choose one of the rough drafts to revise, and this revised paper represents their grade for the unit. Both rough drafts must be handed in with the revised paper--thus, the short story is not optional, yet students who are not comfortable with writing short fiction do not feel penalized in the grade book. Students are encouraged to write "short" short stories (1,000 to 1,500 words), and the use of shorter short stories as class readings helps to encourage this. Students' use of detail and vivid language improves, both in their fiction and nonfiction writing. (SR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Writing Contexts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College English Association (Pittsburgh, PA, March 27-29, 1992).