Creative Writing – the Unreliable Narrator

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English 11 – Pippin-Montanez


Creative Writing – the Unreliable Narrator

You, the writer, will write a short story (3-5 pages, double-spaced) in the voice of an unreliable narrator who has a compromised perspective on reality.

Unlike Poe, do not immediately indicate that your narrator is crazy. In fact, while insanity is a fine choice for your narrator, your narrator can be unreliable for a number of reasons, including jealousy, rage, a developmental disability (Forrest Gump), naiveté (Scout Finch), a grudge (as in “The Cask of Amontillado”), an over-active imagination (Walter Mitty), or a need to delude oneself to avoid the pain of the truth (as in “Bigfoot Stole my Wife”).

Remember that short stories begin by introducing the situation, so you will show the world through your narrator’s skewed point of view. The complications in the plot should arise as your narrator’s perspective clashes with the world around him or her. The climax will be the point of no return when the narrator can no longer hide or deny his instability. You may resolve the story however you choose.



Rough drafts are due Friday, March 4 for peer review.

Final drafts are due Tuesday, March 8.

English 11 – Pippin-Montanez


Creative Writing – the Unreliable Narrator

You, the writer, will write a short story (3-5 pages, double-spaced) in the voice of an unreliable narrator who has a compromised perspective on reality.

Unlike Poe, do not immediately indicate that your narrator is crazy. In fact, while insanity is a fine choice for your narrator, your narrator can be unreliable for a number of reasons, including jealousy, rage, a developmental disability (Forrest Gump), naiveté (Scout Finch), a grudge (as in “The Cask of Amontillado”), an over-active imagination (Walter Mitty), or a need to delude oneself to avoid the pain of the truth (as in “Bigfoot Stole my Wife”).

Remember that short stories begin by introducing the situation, so you will show the world through your narrator’s skewed point of view. The complications in the plot should arise as your narrator’s perspective clashes with the world around him or her. The climax will be the point of no return when the narrator can no longer hide or deny his instability. You may resolve the story however you choose.



Rough drafts are due Friday, March 4 for peer review.

Final drafts are due Tuesday, March 8.


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