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!




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