Teaching Revision: All of the Revision Prompts So Far

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September 07, 2017

It's the start of the semester, and I thought it would be helpful to have all of the revision prompts so far in one place. I had to put this together for my own teaching materials, so here it is. 41 revision prompts and counting! 1. Make a list of all the decisions your protagonist makes, every single one. Now change the order of the decisions your protagonist makes so that they follow a causal change. ...

Syllabus Time

August 24, 2017

  Syllabus time--who's got them? Send them to us at m [dot] Salesses [at gmail etc] and we'll post some more if we get them. In the meantime, here's my syllabus for a fiction workshop this semester. Not perfect, but we're getting somewhere--in 19 pages... -- Fiction Workshop Syllabus (PDF)      Course Description: Any workshop's one main advantage over a traditional course is the ability to look ...

Purpose-Oriented Writing Exercises: Teaching Revision 16

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August 15, 2017

School is almost back in session, and the blog is back with some writing exercises meant to help students with various elements of craft. If you’d like to contribute a guest post or response, please contact me at m [dot] salesses [at gmail etc.].   For vulnerability/introductions List 3 moments in which you felt you were not yourself. Distribute lists randomly among the class. Write a story using at ...

Flash Fiction Revision Exercises: Teaching Revision 15

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June 16, 2017

This is a continuation of my posts on teaching revision. There are more revision prompts (not specific to flash fiction) here and in previous posts. If you’d like to contribute a guest post or response, please contact me at m [dot] salesses [at gmail etc.]. - The first course I ever taught was on flash fiction. At first that meant reading stories and using them as jumping-off points to write our own flash stories, ...