homework wk 10

WEEK 10—2 Nov Telling Your Story

Australian Aborigines say that the big stories—the stories worth telling and retelling, the ones in which you may find the meaning of your life—are forever stalking the right teller, sniffing and tracking like predators hunting their prey in the bush.

—Robert Moss, Dreamgates


Please read Charles Bukowski, “The Most Beautiful Woman in Town” and Kelly Link, “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose.”

What do these stories have in common? What are they about? What do we learn about the narrators? How does each narrator reveal and/or conceal information? How would you describe the pace of each story, the unfolding of its plot? What questions do you have about each story?

Begin writing your short story. Decide upon the point of view of your narrator, the levels of knowledge or information this narrator has, and what the narrator’s relationship to the readers will be. How reliable is your narrator? How honest? How informed? And how will you signal to readers necessary messages about the narrator?

If you have questions about where you’re going, ask them at the end of your draft so your peers and I can chime in. No one’s advice is sacrosanct; listen to your own instincts, but be open to the possibility of a breakthrough suggestion or observation. Read through the drafts of your peers’ stories and comment as helpfully as you can.


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