May 14, 2015

In this week’s Writing Skills Class, the students have been creating their own ‘Mini-Sagas’. These are short stories which have to follow certain rules:

  • They must be exactly 50 words in length (excluding the title)
  • They must have a title of no more than 15 words
  • They must have a beginning, middle and end
  • They cannot just be a description of something

The idea was originally invented by the writer Brian Aldiss and the newspaper The Daily Telegraph, which has held several mini-saga competitions

The students found it tricky to tell a whole story within the 50 word limit. You have to consider what is important to the story.  It was certainly a challenge but an enjoyable one!

Here is an example of one of our student’s work (Yuka – Upper-Intermediate)

Too Little, Too Late

They were a lovely young couple. Even after getting married to other people, they continued     to think about each other.  The woman heard the man was about to die. She went to his bed   and told him of her love. “I love you too!” he said with his last breath.

Yuka (Japan) – May 2015

Why not try writing one yourself? Let me know how you get on!




Category: Study tips

Add Pingback

Please add a comment

You must be logged in to leave a reply. Login »

Category List

Tag List

Winter in London (6)
London (5)
music festivals uk (1)
writing a mini saga (1)
Improve your vocabulary (5)
ILEC (1)
Reading in English (1)
pronuciation (3)
World Naked Bike Ride (1)
narrative voice (2)
Sport Journalism Course (1)
Idiom (3)
Students (2)
past modals (1)
ICE (5)
Business English (1)
free english grammar (2)
Francais (2)
English vocabulary (3)
Recording vocabulary (3)
study tips (9)
english school online (1)
New vocabulary (4)
London Marathon (1)
Fun (1)
the people's tower (1)
grammar (1)
Journalism Masterclass (1)
reading tips (1)
english grammar online (1)
Insider info London (14)
making predictions (1)
Basic English mistakes (1)
Attractions in London (1)
Journalism evening course London (1)
music festival London (1)
Peaceful London (2)
mini-saga (1)
Learning tips (10)
Covent Garden (1)
Things to see in London (4)
Beautiful London (8)
Vocabulary notebook (8)
Listening in English (2)
Victoria park (1)
Cambridge Exam Preparation (1)
Christmas in London (3)
english review (1)
english courses london (1)
grammar tips (1)
study english onlline (1)
Historic moment (1)
Tourist tips (5)
Vocabulary (11)
New blog (1)
exams (1)
english school london (12)
Islington Centre for English (6)
Hello from Ally (1)
Cool as a cucumber (1)
CAE (3)
english school (2)
Somewhere to visit London (1)
Things to do in London (6)
things to do london (1)
future tenses efl (1)
Somewhere to visit (9)
past modal verbs (1)
Social programme (1)
Field day (1)
english grammar help (1)
the shard (1)
Halloween (2)
New language (7)
english course london (12)
Events in London (1)
student study tips (1)
FCE (4)
study english (1)
Cycling (1)
silent disco (1)
Learn English (15)
Journalist Course London (1)
Polite questions (1)
Learn english online (12)
future tenses english (1)
spelling (1)
Barney Ronay (1)
Journalism Course London (1)
Adjective (2)
english as a foreign language (3)
English tips (4)
Relaxing London (4)
Tweed (1)
London Summer (7)
English food (3)
English (1)
Places to see in London (4)
Free english lessons (10)
Shopping in London (4)
English grammar (4)
english grammar tips (1)
Journalism classes London (1)
london events (1)
Somewhere to go London (3)
english study tips (1)
London markets (4)
saga (1)
Where to visit London (3)
defining relative clauses (1)
writing a mini-saga (1)
efl (4)

Tag Cloud

ILECTourist tipsLondonAttractions in LondonImprove your vocabularyVictoria parkPlaces to see in LondonICEeflSomewhere to visit LondonNew languageTweedthe shardCyclingInsider info LondonPeaceful Londonsilent discoIdiomfuture tenses eflenglish grammar onlineLondon Marathonenglish courses londonJournalism classes LondonHalloweenLearn english onlineenglish grammar helppast modalsstudent study tipsThings to see in Londonsagastudy english onllineShopping in LondonHistoric momentBasic English mistakeswriting a mini sagaLondon marketsSport Journalism Courselondon eventsenglish schoolWhere to visit LondonBusiness EnglishIELTSCambridge Exam PreparationexamsIslington Centre for EnglishCool as a cucumberdefining relative clausesLearn Englishmini-sagathe people's towermusic festival LondonJournalism Masterclassspellingfuture tenses englishEnglish grammarRecording vocabularyEnglish vocabularyreading tipsenglish school onlineBarney RonayLearning tipsFCEpronuciationenglish grammar tipsthings to do londonVocabulary notebookenglish as a foreign languageenglish reviewstudy tipsThings to do in LondonFree english lessonsAdjectivemaking predictionsSomewhere to visitenglish course londonReading in EnglishFrancaisgrammarSocial programmeRelaxing LondonFunCovent GardenChristmas in LondonJournalism evening course LondonField dayNew blogmusic festivals ukEvents in Londonpast modal verbsCAEfree english grammarVocabularyBeautiful LondonEnglish foodstudy englishHello from Allyenglish school londonEnglish tipsWinter in LondonListening in EnglishWorld Naked Bike Ridewriting a mini-sagaJournalism Course LondonSomewhere to go LondonPolite questionsgrammar tipsnarrative voiceNew vocabularyStudentsenglish study tipsEnglishLondon SummerJournalist Course London


We use cookies to enable essential services and functionality on our site and to collect data on how visitors interact with our site, products and services. By clicking accept, you agree to our use of these tools for advertising, analytics and support.