Write a fiction story using guidelines below
Final Manuscript and Workshop Assignment
1) Select any 2nd draft (or any other writing project that you began during the current
semester) that you would like to continue to work with. You may choose to work from
your most current draft or use the piece as an inspiration to start something new. Your
only restriction is that this must be a piece that you began during the current
semester, either in class or on your own.
2) Edit/change/grow/expand your original work into one 6-10 page manuscript in one
of the following genres:
a. Fiction or non-fiction (one unified piece; segmenting, etc okay)
b. Poetry (any number of separate poems)
c. Play script (any number of scenes from the same play)
Poetry or a play script may be double- or single-spaced as makes the most sense for the
piece and meets the length requirement. Prose must be double-spaced.
3) We will have a mock workshop, followed by formal group workshop for each student’s
work during weeks 13-15. You are responsible for posting at least 4 pages of your
manuscript draft to Blackboard for the class 48 hours in advance of your workshop
date, which will be randomly selected (if you are aware that you must be absent on
one of the scheduled workshop dates, notify Prof. Ritt no later than week 11). Failure
to submit your draft for group workshop will result in a grade of 0 on the final
manuscript, regardless of work submitted. No exceptions will be made.
4) Participating in workshop is worth up to 20 points of your final grade. In order to
receive participation points, you will read the drafts for workshop on each date, bring
a copy to class, and be prepared to offer at least one comment on each piece.
Participation procedures will be explained further during the mock workshop.
5) Your final draft of the final manuscript is due on the last day of class. No late
papers will be accepted, and extensions are not valid on the final manuscript. This
assignment is worth 100 points, or 25% of your overall course grade. You will be
graded, similarly to class assignments, on the regular creative writing rubric. Keep in
mind that as a revision piece, this work should show significant growth and
substantial revision from the original draft, including careful attention to storytelling
and language elements as well as to editing and formatting. Your final manuscript
should be portfolio-quality work that you are proud to submit. You will also include a
brief artist’s statement (+10 out of the 100 points), explaining your vision for the piece.
Further instructions for manuscript submission are given on the reverse.
See Prof. Ritt with any questions or concerns. Remember that the Writing Lab is available
to you as a resource. Happy writing!
Final Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Due last day of class promptly at 12:30pm
o Length: 6-10 pages
Manuscripts shorter than 6 pages will lose points.
Manuscripts longer than 10 pages will not receive in-line comments
after page 10. If your planned piece is much longer than 10 pages,
you may include a short synopsis (1 paragraph max) of the rest of the
plot. Your excerpt should still make sense on its own as a chapter.
o Formatting: Size 12 font, normal margins
Poetry: Single or double-space; leave an extra blank line between
separate poems. If only one poem to a page, be sure to include 6-10
pages worth of text.
Play script or screenplay: Single or double-space (if long lines); follow
play- or screenwriting conventions for formatting (see playwriting
handout for details).
Fiction or non-fiction: Double-space; use prose formatting (NOT script)
for dialogue and actions.
o Standards: Manuscript will be graded on the normal rubric, with each column
x3 points. Points possible= 90.
o Write a one-page statement exploring any or all of the following ideas.
Please be as specific as possible:
What were your goals for revising this manuscript?
What inspired you to write the piece originally?
What do you want the reader to know about its creation and/or form?
In what ways do you feel your writing has grown or changed this
semester? In what ways do you hope to continue to grow?
o Please double-space your artist’s statement.
o Artist’s statements will be graded on thoughtful evaluation of your work and
revision process, specificity, and clarity. Points possible= 10.
Large-size 8×11” envelope (will be provided)
addressed as follows:
o Return address (top left corner):
Prof. Megan Ritt, English Dept
Harold Washington College
30 E. Lake St
Chicago, IL 60601
o Your address (center):
Your name and full street address (include zip code)
You should receive your final manuscript, along with comments, via USPS within 2-
3 weeks of the last day of class. (I will mail them from school shortly after final
grades are done; scores will be available on Brightspace).