Our American Stories
20th Century Historical Fiction Creative Writing Project
DUE MONDAY 5/18 FOR ALL SECTIONS!
In third and part of fourth quarter, we take on another creative writing challenge, similar to NaNoWriMo: write a historical fiction story.
You have creative freedom for this assignment, although there are some “must dos” you will follow.
The form of your story is actually open — it doesn’t necessarily have to be a short story. It might be a collection of poems that work together to tell a story or even a musical composition that tells a story — think of what we learned about music as storytelling at MSO’s “American Stories” and the “Music of the African Diaspora” assembly.
Whatever your form, good historical stories…
- Are well-crafted and historically accurate
- Have a realistic setting (time period, location, landscape, climate)
- Have true-to-life, authentic characters, especially a well-developed protagonist
- Have a believable central conflict that drives the plot
- And history skillfully woven into the story.
- Write about ANYTHING from the entire 20th Century (1900-1999).
- Research your subject matter and reflect the history accurately in your story.
- Put your literary skills to work – think metaphor, simile, allusion, Words of the Wiser, Again and Again, and more…
- Use vocabulary words!
- No matter what you write, if you write, shoot for about 1500 to 3000 words.
- If you choose to compose music or some other art form, speak with Taft and Walczak to establish your specific guidelines.
- Create a digital version of your story using a digital storytelling site or app. We will link our stories on the class websites.