Composing

WRITING IN A DIFFERENT GENRE

So your teacher, or examiner, has instructed you to write in a different genre.  What on earth do they mean?

It's likely they want you to produce a GENRE different to the one you may have been studying in class:  a short story, letter, article, blog, speech, film/book review, obituary, autobiography, editorial, diary/journal, news report, essay, script, poem.

For example, let’s say you’ve been studying Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and your teacher wants you to produce a piece of writing in a different genre (perhaps to explore an idea or issue or perspective).  Let your imagination go wild!

  • write a radio interview with Bernard Marx after John arrives in the World State
  • write an obituary for John the Savage
  • write a journal entry from the point of view of Lenina
  • write a speech from the point of view of Bernard to be delivered at a secret anti-caste meeting
  • write a letter from the Director to Linda in the hospital

GENRE can also be categories like science fiction, thriller, Western, horror (gothic, slasher), war, fantasy, zombie fiction, dystopian, adventure, vampire, comedy, steampunk, etc.

In this case your teacher, or examiner, may want you to take a scene from a text you have been studying in class and rewrite it using the conventions of the genre you choose.

Again, be creative and have fun with the task!  Show how great your imagination can be 😊

  • Turn a scene from Broken Lives by Estelle Blackburn into a zombie-thriller: Eric Cooke is a zombie and goes on an attack of women in Perth.
  • Turn the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs into a sci-fi version: seven cyborgs (dwarves), artificial intelligence, mechanical forest etc.
  • Turn a scene from Wuthering Heights into a Western: Heathcliff rides into town on his horse, goes into the saloon and through to the parlour where Katherine is working.

Got more suggestions or ideas?  Add them in the comments below.  You could really be helping another Yr11 or 12 student out 😊

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