23 August 2011

Today we began our freewrite routine.  I’m asking you to work from the front of your journal for your masterworks and from the back of your journal for your freewrites.  We will start every class period in the classroom with a freewrite.  When we are the lab, our time is too precious, and we will NOT use the freewrite routine.

After that, I passed out a small handout on how-to write flash fiction.

  • For those of you who tend to be practical learners, I included two short articles from EHow and WikiHow about “how to write flash fiction.”  These provide step-by-step instructions.
  • For those of you who tend to be analytical learners, I included seven ideas for making great flash fiction and a discussion of how those ideas apply to a particular short story.
  • For those of you who tend to be creative learners, there’s nothing on the worksheet.  I imagine you want me to get out of the way and be quiet! 🙂
The rest of the period was for you to write your flash piece.  You have two choices.
  1. Write two 55-ers.
  2. Write one longer flash, 300-500 words.
Tomorrow we will be in the lab typing these pieces, and they are due at the end of the period tomorrow.  Critique begins Thursday.
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