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IWW Practice-W Exercise Archives
Exercise: One Party Line

These exercises were written by IWW members and administrators to provide structured practice opportunities for its members. You are welcome to use them for practice as well. Please mention that you found them at the Internet Writers Workshop (http://www.internetwritingworkshop.org/).

Prepared by: Katherine Highcove
Posted on: 8 October 2017




Exercise: In less than 400 words, create a scene in which a character is having
a phone conversation within earshot of a stranger. Your readers
should be able to see and hear the caller, but theyll also need
clues to know where the conversation is taking place, who is on the
other end of the line, and who is being compelled to listen.

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In this era of the mobile cellular phone, people tend to have audible
conversations in very public locations. Its so convenient to call
anyone anywhere ... anytime.

But even in a non-mobile cell phone households, and offices, many
conversations are overheard by anyone in the vicinity. And one
expects that the same disregard for personal privacy will still be the
case in the future. Phones might get smarter, but do people?

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Exercise: In less than 400 words, create a scene in which a character is having
a phone conversation within earshot of a stranger. Your readers
should be able to see and hear the caller, but theyll also need
clues to know where the conversation is taking place, who is on the
other end of the line, and who is being compelled to listen.

__________________________________

Critique by commenting on what information was picked up from the
conversation. What was the tone or mood of the person who was
overheard? Whom did you imagine on the other end? Was there a
feeling of disagreement or agreement during the call?

Please let the writer know what you enjoyed about the story and what
improvements you thought were needed. Remember to include your email
address somewhere in your critique.


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