Sample Creative Narrative

The link below will open Anjali Seereeram’s short story “Youth” which serves as an excellent example of how a creative narrative ought to be structured. In 2015, this story earned Ms. Seereeram statewide recognition as the best short story entered in that year’s Scholastic Writing Awards. As you read it, note the following:

  • Look at how precisely she sets up the setting. We get a vivid snapshot of the location before we get any action
  • Notice the symmetry of the story – the First-Act Problem ends at almost exactly halfway through the story
  • Pay attention to all of the clear examples of “Show, Don’t Tell”

Youth by Anjali Seereeram  (link goes to PDF)

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