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Topic: Homage of Aimee Bender’s “Willful Creatures”

Over the course of the semester, you’ll revise three of your homage drafts from the journal to turn in for grades. These will have two components.

(THIS IS THE ONE-PAGE SUMMARY EXPLANATION) First, on a separate paper, write a couple paragraphs explaining how the craft element works in the original novel, how you have adapted it to your homage, and why you have chosen it: what value does it have to you as a writer? If you like, you can address how you think your own attempt turned out or discuss where you had trouble. Note: Writing a good explanation (and homage, too) will almost always require opening the book, so as to figure out what’s being done on the page. Provide quotations as needed.

(THIS IS THE ASSIGNMENT) Second, present 2-4 double spaced pages of original fiction making use of that craft element. The creative portion can be a complete microfiction or just a piece, perhaps a scene, of something longer. You will be graded on 1) your choice of craft element and the quality of your explanation, 2) basic grammar and mechanics overall, and 3) a reasonable, good faith attempt at executing the craft element. The explanation will carry the greater weight of the grade, so spend as much time on that as you spend on the creative work.

**For this homage, I want to focus on writing dynamic first few lines. The first few lines should tell the reader exactly what the story is about and be shocking enough to make them want to keep reading. I also want to emulate the staccato, short, repetitive sentences that Aimee Bender uses. Finally, I’d like this creative writing piece to imitate Bender’s use of the ethereal and fantastical style. While writing this piece, ask yourself what is Bender’s overall style of writing? What makes this novel identifiable as a Bender story? How can I emulate that style?**

Instead of a 1-page summary of the paper, please include a one page summary explaining how the craft element you chose works in the original novel, how you have adapted it to the homage, and why you have chosen it: what value does it have to you as a writer? (See above for further details on the summary page.

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