Creative Imitation II


For this assignment, write a creative imitation of one of the authors.


Tennessee Williams

Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Zora Hurston, Nella Larsen

Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore


This exercise is designed to give you greater insight into the practice of literary writing.

In a creative imitation, write the fiction or poetry yourself. Although you are free to invent your approach, think about the assignment in terms of style and theme. One idea is to take a style and adapt it for your own purposes. For example, how would you write a Shakespearean sonnet about sitting in traffic? Another idea is to modernize one of the poems or short stories we have read. For example, how would Kate Chopin write “The Storm” if it was set in New Orleans today?  A third idea is to add a scene, a prequel, or a sequel to a story as if the author had written it herself. Another idea is to tell the story from the perspective of another character, such as little Bibi in “The Storm.”

Please feel free to innovate in any way you see fit, but make sure your reader knows exactly what your imitation is imitating. A good, creative imitation should always engage with and depart from its original source. Must be titled

Paper requirements:

  • Papers must be 3-5 typed pages for fiction, but there is no set page requirement for poetry.
  • All work must be double-spaced in 12 point, Times New Roman font.