This is the final lesson of the CWN fiction writing syllabus. To go back to the first lesson in the course plan, click here. If you teach creative writing, you can use this fiction syllabus to give ideas for your own classroom.
The reading assignments from this course are from A Relative Stranger by Charles Baxter.
Creative Writing Syllabus - 12: Review and Rewriting.
Discussion focus: "Silent Movie" by Charles Baxter. Use the story to review all of the concepts discussed in the previous lessons of this course: showing versus telling, character development, plot, specific detail, dialogue.
Reading discussion questions:
Lecture topic: Rewriting. Explain to students that even the best writers start out by making a mess on the page. Messy rough drafts are part of the creative process. But then writers revise. This sometimes is just a matter of polishing details; other times, it involves reconceiving the story in a different way, throwing the whole thing out and starting again.
Final project: As a final project, students should develop or revise one of their previous writing assignments to product a finished story which applies all of the techniques they have learned over the course. This story should include:
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