Under the Awning: A Ten-Minute Collective Writing Experiment

On our last day of class, after discussing the emergent genre of cell phone novels and reading (and listening to) Teju Cole’s Twitter story, “Hafiz,” the students of English 145 engaged in a collective act of writing. Without knowing what we were working on, each group was asked without prompt to come up with an element of a story: title, character, incident, setting, theme, and genre. We used those coordinates to generate, in ten minutes, the following collectively-authored piece of fiction. None of us is responsible for it (because we all are). You might recognize the final line.


Click here for the word file: under-the-awning

About Nathan Hensley

Nathan K. Hensley is Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University; he works on nineteenth-century British literature, critical theory, and the novel.
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