26.An unreliable narrator is a fictional character whose interpretation of
events is different from the author's or undependable because he or
she is naïve or has a bias or a stake in the outcome of the plot. .
27.Setting: the locale, time, and social circumstances of a story (for
instance, an Eastern town in winter, about 1950, in an upper-class
private girls school).
28.Tone: the prevailing attitude (for
instance, ironic, compassionate, objective) as perceived by the reader;
the author's feelings toward the central character or the main events.
29.Symbol: a person, object, action, or situation, that, charged with
meaning, suggests another thing (for example, a dark forest may
suggest confusion, or perhaps evil), though usually with less specificity
and more ambiguity than allegory. A symbol usually differs from a
metaphor in that a symbol is expanded or repeated and works by
30.Theme: the central idea or meaning of a story; what the work is about.
When you express the theme in your own words, it should be worded
in a complete sentence and universally expressed.
Get into your groups
Pass out your fiction so that everyone in your group has a copy
Take turns reading them aloud; Note obvious errors (typos, spelling)
by marking on the text as the reader reads.
Read everyone’s work before making comments about content, style,
and conventions. Make sure each participant gets at least one
thorough review of his or her work.
Use the handout as a guide for your comments. Ask yourself the
questions about each piece. Where should the writer focus his or her
efforts in revision?
Write on the story. Use the margins or the back for your comments.
DO NOT write on the fiction revision workshop handout
Steps to Revision: AT HOME
1. Carefully and thoughtfully review the suggestions your readers have
2. Make the changes that will improve your story.
3. Put aside the work for several hours or longer. This kind of literal
space/time distance will allow you to gain some objectivity.
4. Revisit your story and the revision suggestions.
5. Make further changes.
6. Read your revised story aloud.
7. Revise again.
• Post # 11: The best two or three
paragraphs of your fiction project.
• Submit Project #2 before our next
class meeting. Feel free to submit
early: first come, first graded!
• Reading: “The Most Dangerous
• Study terms: test #2 at our next
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