Assignment 2 due by 10 AM, Tues Feb 27

Hello my dears! Remember that your short story assignment is due on Tuesday. Please post by 10 AM.

 This will be a story OR the first few pages of a story.  2-4 pages (double-spaced). 

Use whichever of our in-class writing exercises you feel most excited about/ energized by  as a starting point. These were: 

  • Rewriting a fairy tale (or rewriting a story from your past) 
  • A scene from three distances: Far, Middle, Close
  • The Storymatic story (This was the one with the cards. You started with a character and then I gave you an event)
  • What happened yesterday/ a journey, using one the language you would use to talk to a friend or relative
  • An important event in your life, told from the perspective and voice of someone else who was there. 
  • Storymatic: two characters  

Also remember that we will be discussing “Zoraida” by Tanya Rey in class on Tuesday.  Don’t worry about reading it “right” or getting the correct answer. Just sit back and read the thing. Find a place you are comfortable and can focus for a while. Here’s what I’ll be asking you.  Keep in mind, there are no right or wrong answers.

  1. What happens in this story? Where does it begin? Where does it end? (in other words: what changes from the beginning to the end?) 
  2. What stuck out to you? What did you notice? 
  3. Where are you confused? What more do you want to know?
  4. Find a place where Rey uses concrete, significant detail


  1. Wilson McKinley Clerville

    Can I write 2 stories instead? Just in case one of the stories doesn’t reach 2 pages long.

    • Carrie Hall

      Yes! But… I’m just seeing this now (comments get easily lost on Open Lab). If you have questions, please email me at

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