Overview: Journal activities in this course are private between you and the instructor. A course journal is generally made up of many individual assignments. The journals in this course will help to prepare you for the final project, the writer’s toolkit. In this final project, you will select creative writing styles and techniques that you believe will be most effective in both expressing your goals as a writer and reaching the audiences you plan to target in your work.
Prompt: Whether it is a work of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or drama (onstage or on screen), many writers approach storytelling by thinking about premise. No matter where your story begins on the page, you should ask yourself the question of “Why now?”
Essentially: What “new” situation is the character in that makes a story worth telling? Typically, this is related to the concept of a moment of change or crisis. Your task in this journal is to compose a short story, nonfiction essay (or part of one), poem, or excerpt from a screenplay depicting the moment a character’s “regular” life is changed or disrupted by a crisis.
In a follow-up explanation of two to four sentences, you should articulate why this crisis moment or change is particularly disruptive to your chosen character. Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed: I.
Creative Work A.
Craft a short story, piece of nonfiction, poem, or screenplay excerpt in any subgenre that depicts the moment a character’s life changes or is disrupted by a crisis. II.
Write two to four sentences explaining the connection between the “crisis” moment of change and how or why it impacts the character you have created