Prepared by: Florence Cardinal
Posted on: November 24, 2002
WHAT'S THE ISSUE?
Take a public issue, something that's on
the news or has been on the
There are lots of them - gun control, terrorism, drug abuse. Just
the news or read a newspaper and you'll find issues.
Now take that issue and write a fictional
incident around it. Note I
'an incident.' We're not asking for a complete story. Of course, that's
okay, too, if you can do it in the word limit - 500 words or less for
The purpose of this exercise is to use the
ideas that are all around
help you create fictional plots and stories.
WARNING: Don't use the exercise as an
opportunity to preach. In
let your biases show through. We should know no more about your
feelings about the issue after reading the story than we did at the
The character you're writing about has his or her own opinions, but
are not necessarily the same as yours. Keep this in mind as you write
EXAMPLE #1: Sara's father was shot during
a hold up. Now her son
buy a gun. How does Sara feel?
EXAMPLE #2: Maria discovers she is
pregnant. She already has too
to feed. She is considering abortion but her church tells her it's
Let us see her mental struggle with her problem.
Florence Cardinal's wrap-up
Posted on: December 5, 2002
Most of the entries were well done and
very issue oriented. Very few
duplicated issues and I was pleased at the variety and depth of the
submissions. Many of the exercises would be excellent jumping off
Critiques zeroed in on how well folks
handled the issue they were
about. All in all, I would say this was a successful and well-done
Web site created by
Rhéal Nadeau and
the administrators of the Internet Writing Workshop.
Modified by Gayle Surrette.