Patterson’s Engl 1101 TR

Creative Writing Analysis Assignment


Choose and read any story from the following selections:

-Readings for Writers: “Worn Path”, “The Storm”, “Bricklayer’s Boy”, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”, “Baba and Me”, “Thinking as a Hobby”

-E-books online:

-Pocketful of Prose collections on reserve in the GHC Library


Then, compose a “report” on the story in the form of an essay, using proper MLA citation for information gained from external/secondary sources. The printed essay will be turned-in December 5 at the start of class, and the essay must also be sent to .


Your report must contain the following information:

-Brief biography of the author which will incorporate researched information (1/2 page)

-Proper parenthetical and works cited entries for all source material used in author’s biography (Remember to also adhere to the principles of proper paraphrasing with source material)

-Identification and description of the protagonist of the story which should be your original writing, not researched information. Identify here if the story is fiction or non-fiction as well. (1/2 page)

-Answer to the following question: What aspect of the story did you find the most interesting or the most unique, and why? This should also be your original observation, using no research (1/2 page )


Points available are:

-up to ­­­­­_______ points towards to your “daily points total” for completing and turning-in assignment by due date


Your “daily points total” counts as an essay or exam grade in your final average, and includes all points earned on various classwork and homework assignments. To date, you have had the opportunities to earn a total of 50 points in this area. This assignment will be worth up to 50 points.


English 1102 will provide an introduction to literature, and short stories like those in the short story collection will be covered in that course, as well as terminology relating to such as “protagonist.” Thus, this is also a chance to get a head-start on Engl 1102.



You are not limited to these sources, but to provide you with a starting point, consider the authors’ biographies available at, various reference books in the Library, various MLA databases in GALILEO, various e-books in GIL.


According to Barnet’s An Introduction to Literature, “protagonist” is defined as “the chief character in a literary work” (1771).