The final assignment consists of a 1500-2000-word narrative. This creative non-f

The final assignment consists of a 1500-2000-word narrative. This creative non-fiction feature story on food should be a thought-provoking piece about some kind of culinary object or ingredient, a place, an event or a process, a person (e.g. a historical figure), or a memory. Be sure to develop your story within a narrative arc, including a lead, rising action, dramatic tension, falling action, and resolution. (This needs to be a new topic that you have not previously explored in your first two assignments, but it can be connected to the podcast sample. However, you are welcome to draw on and develop ideas that you generated through your in-class writing prompts.) You will have the opportunity to workshop your ideas and writing in progress in class. This is a written piece (no podcasts, films, interviews) but it can certainly include images. Any images must be original and/or out of copyright. Do not simply download images from the web. They should be properly sourced and credited.
Your final submission should be original, engaging, lively, accurate, and insightful in its development of ideas. How will you draw the reader into your narrative and immerse them in the details of the story? How might your story about food say something larger about the human condition? Your specific story should have universal appeal to a broad readership that is both knowledgeable about food and intellectually curious about its role in society.
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Is there a grading rubric for this assignment?
Yes. In class on 1 November, you will give a pitch about your story. Consider the class as a magazine editor (for example). How are you going to get us excited about your idea? What do you propose as your final format? Your pitch will be judged on its polish and its ability to excite a potential audience. This pitch will count towards your final mark on this assignment. Otherwise, the grading rubric will consider: 1) the originality and appropriateness of topic; 2) the quality and appropriateness of the writing style; 3) the quality of the final presentation (is it well and correctly documented, are there typos, etc.). As well, you will make a short presentation of your final assignment on the last day of class and this presentation as well as your engagement with the presentations of your classmates will count towards the mark on this paper.

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