In this week’s Writing Skills Class, the students have been creating their own ‘Mini-Sagas’. These are short stories which have to follow certain rules:
They must be exactly 50 words in length (excluding the title)
They must have a title of no more than 15 words
They must have a beginning, middle and end
They cannot just be a description of something
The idea was originally invented by the writer Brian Aldiss and the newspaper The Daily Telegraph, which has held several mini-saga competitions
The students found it tricky to tell a whole story within the 50 word limit. You have to consider what is important to the story. It was certainly a challenge but an enjoyable one!
Here is an example of one of our student’s work (Yuka – Upper-Intermediate)
Too Little, Too Late
They were a lovely young couple. Even after getting married to other people, they continued to think about each other. The woman heard the man was about to die. She went to his bed and told him of her love. “I love you too!” he said with his last breath.
Yuka (Japan) – May 2015
Why not try writing one yourself? Let me know how you get on!
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