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
  • 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
  • Character sketches, interviews, role plays
  • Narrative treatments (i.e., a shortened, condensed version of your vision.)

Phase 4: Creation/Clarification
10-15 weeks

The following is with regards to the Week 16 deliverable.

For this upcoming deliverable, let's put our emphasis on two somewhat opposing directions: focus and expansion. Try to really zero in on one fiction element and describe it in detail. You can choose to revisit the content you worked on in your first deliverable, or you can choose to work on a new element. Some individuals and teams turned in work previously that discussed their ideas in general terms, or touched on a number of elements in, again, general terms. If you were one of those teams, try to add focus and specificity this time.

We are working towards a deliverable next semester that will include multiple elements, but for now, let's spend one more round focusing on and developing areas or segments of your idea, aka elements.

And let's have some fun with it. You are welcome to turn in a formal, written description of your element. But you can also choose to explore your subject and turn in your deliverable in a different format. Here are some ideas. You can:

  • let the class interview you. It's simple. We ask you questions about your element, and you answer them!
  • complete a mindmap
  • create a graphic representation, such as a timeline or drawing
  • create a web page, perhaps with the intention of adding more elements to larger site later on
  • create a blog posting, again with perhaps the intention of adding to the blog as we work through the project
  • create a podcast, also with the possibility of later additions

You are welcome to suggest additional formats. Mr. Roggenkamp can help you set up a blog, website, or podcast.

A pdf version of this segment can be fround at

Phase 5: Creation/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: