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Writing a Dystopian Vignette

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Lisa Young

on 31 March 2015

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Transcript of Writing a Dystopian Vignette

Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron" is short, even for a short story.
What's a vignette, you ask?
"Harrison Bergeron" only depicts a small moment in the immense dystopian world Vonnegut created.
Your assignment: Craft another vignette from the world of "Harrison Bergeron".
Crafting a Short, Short Story
You might say it was more of
a vignette.
Today we would think of a vignette as a short piece of writing focusing on a single moment.
Rather than describing the whole world...
Focus on one moment in their world.
Or on just on moment in a day.
Fill your story with vivid imagery.
Are you here?
Your moment should be an important one -- a moment that illustrates exactly what is wrong with this dystopian reality.
Is he in this world?
Is this happening?
Vignettes need rich detail to make up for their brevity.
Now write!
That's because it's actually a vignette!
Think of it as a single scene in a movie - or even a single shot!
You zoom in on a single point in time that reveals important aspects of the world.
Use Vonnegut's story as a guide.
Be creative!
Have fun!
Find an interesting way to present your vignette to the class.
The word "vignette" originally meant "something that can be written on a vein of a leaf."
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