Task 2D: Short story writing

In this part of the study guide, we will approach Task 2D in your exam set. You are asked to write a short story based on Oprah Winfrey’s statement that “one small thoughtful gesture [action] can make someone else’s day”.

As we cannot decide for you on the topic and plot of the short story, we will limit ourselves to give you an outline of the texts you are required to use as inspiration and provide you with some general points on short story writing.

Short story genre

First of all, we will present some features of the short story genre. A short story is a small piece of literature, written in a narrative style and usually includes the classical elements of the plot:

  • Exposition
  • Rising action
  • Climax
  • Falling action
  • Resolution

The plot should focus on a single event.

The number of characters should be limited.

The action should take place in a single setting

Oprah Winfrey’s quote

Oprah Winfrey is most known for her popular talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is considered a key media figure in the US and ha...

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