Imaginary Cities Writing Assignment

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Directions: (to be completed in your class journal)

Describe a city that doesn’t exist. Concentrate, if you have trouble inventing a city whole – focus on the clothing, the food, the houses, the organization of the streets, and the hand gestures that are somehow related to the geography of the place (a steep hilly town’s coordinates would look different than a water- bound citizen’s sense of spatial organization; so too would someone’s directions inside this space).

(Minor revisions to make assignment appropriate for a classroom setting. Brian Kiteley. The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction. 221. Cincinnati, OH. 2005)

Remember: 

  1. Date your journal entry.

  2. Plan. Brainstorm your ideas before writing.

  3. Come up with a creative title.

  4. Specificity (use specific details to enhance your writing)

  5. Vocabulary (utilize the words learned throughout high school career)

  6. Writing Techniques (i.e., incorporate figurative language, sensory details, imagery, tone)

Length: at least three (3) paragraphs

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