Sunday, 12 January 2014

Jan 11th Meeting & Jan Writing Task

We had an interesting session on Saturday 11th on the subject of Crime Fiction, where we learned about the queen of the genre, Agatha Christie, and about different representations of the 'detective' figure in books and on TV. We used this knowledge of the 'detective' archetypes and some guidance on writing Crime Fiction to come up with a character which we're going to use as the basis for this month's homework. Here's our guy:

Name: Eugene Morris
Age: Early 40s
Ethnicity: Mixed Race (Jamaican & English)
Marital Status: Single
Job: Undercover Police Officer
Years of Service: 15 years undercover
Economic situation: Quite well-off
Personality: Self-assured, ladies' man, smart, easily bribed (likes money), doesn't follow the rules.

Background to the story: Eugene has been posted on an undercover job with the mob, but he is actually working for both sides. His loyalties are lying with the mob, where he turns a blind eye to their crimes. One day his police chief calls him to a meeting to tell him that the mob he's working with are suspected of the murder of a young woman and instructs him to find out what he can about the crime. When Eugene finds out the murdered woman is a former lover, his loyalties are tested as he's torn between helping the police solve her murder and working for the mob.

Your challenge is: Write a SHORT story or poem based on this information. You can use as much or little as you like, and add any details of your own. Use the handout provided on Saturday to piece together your story. Bring your story/poem to the next meeting (Sat 8th Feb) so we can see what you've come up with!

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