Lesson Plans for Writing Courses - Lesson 7: Narrative Viewpoint
This is number seven of the CWN lesson plans for writing courses. It's part of a complete fiction writing syllabus with creative writing assignments and ideas you can use in your own classroom. (To return to Lesson 1 of the course, click here.)
Fiction writing syllabus - 7: Narrative viewpoint.
Lecture material: How to Write Short Stories from Inside Your Character's Head
In-class activity: 10-minute writing about one of the following short story topics:
- Your character goes to a job interview and thinks it goes great. The man who interviews him thinks it's a disaster. Spend five minutes writing about the scene from the interviewee's point of view, and then another five minutes rewriting the scene from the interviewer's point of view.
- Your character goes with a friend to spend the summer at the friend's grandmother's house. The grandmother proudly shows your character the room where he'll be staying, which the grandmother considers to be the best room in the house. Your character, on the other hand, thinks it's the worst room, and doesn't understand why he's being stuck in this dump. Spend five minutes writing about the scene from your character's point of view, and then another five minutes rewriting the scene from the grandmother's point of view.
Homework: Students develop their in-class writing assignment at home and read "Snow" by Charles Baxter.
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