Trends in Literature: Utopias & Dystopias
Beginning the Short Story:
Requirements & Expectations
You have read some short stories that address the idea of
the end. In addition, these stories have also addressed ideas like: what man
values, what man fears, how mankind survives, the truth behind archaeology, and
contemplating ideas found in religious texts. These are all noble ideas, which
you may or may not wish to address one or more of them in your short
Your assignment is to write a short story that makes us
think about our world in some way. You may wish to enlighten us, warn us about
the path we’re on, or make us question what think we already know.
short story must be around 1000 words in length. Please don’t go over or
short story must have a catchy and appropriate title with a byline (by Joe
short story must single spaced, 12 font, legible font (no scripts or all
short story must include:
least one main character
- any and all characters must be necessary to driving
the plot forward: get rid of extras!
- dialogue (even if it is with one’s self): make it
interesting and relevant to your story’s message. Cut the dull stuff:
“Hello, how are you?...”
a catchy intro
action that draws the reader into story
A CLEAR & DELIBERATE CONFLICT! Characters must want something but
face some sort of obstacle
one or more of the following ideas: utopia, dystopia, or an end of the world reflection
short story should leave the reader thinking about your theory or possible
world in a way that makes us reflect about our world, beliefs, or what we
hold as truths
pleaaze. Spelchek insn’t the onlie way too go.
assignment will be worth 200 points.
must try your best to be creative (without being absurd) and have as much
fun with this assignment as possible!