Fiction Project


This following proposed schedule is for the full year. We can choose to make this two semester projects rather than one year-long project. We'll make that decision around the end of Q1.

Phase 1: Exploration
3-5 weeks

  • Discuss and explore elements of fiction.
  • Evaluate our assigned readings with an eye towards the elements of fiction
  • We will all watch the same movie(s) outside of class and explore the element for that movie.
  • Although not part of this project, students will be evaluating their IRP with an eye towards the elements of fiction we explore, so we need to discuss how these two projects are related.

Phase 2: Brainstorming
1-3 weeks

  • Series of brainstorming sessions to identify fiction ideas
  • Discuss different genres and options
  • Explore the creative process (linear vs cyclical vs iterative vs trash it all and start over, etc.)
  • Each individual or pair creates a short list of 3 ideas which are then presented and shared for feedback and questions

Phase 3: Development
2-5 weeks -- ongoing in reality

This phase will look differently for every group. Some approaches will include:

  • Mindmapping
  • Character sketches and development
  • Outlining
  • Narrative treatments (i.e., a shortened, condensed version of your vision.)

Phase 4: Creation
10-15 weeks

Phase 5: Revision
Remaining time

Peer review to take place before the beginning of Phase 5



Elements of fiction

Depending on who you ask, there are anywhere between 5 and 15 essential elements of fiction. Our first job will be to discuss and identify what we think are the most essential elements of fiction for our purposes. Here are some somewhat random links: