Creative Writing Prompt Project: Prompt 7 – Satirize the News

Write your own Onion-style article today — that’s right, we’re veering from screenwriting for one week!

Take a trip over to a reputed news source and find a headline that speaks to you. It could be a huge global event or just a local announcement. See if you can take it to ridiculous stakes (think Swift and “eat babies!”) or make a very small bit of news into a life-or-death situation. You could also treat a very big news story as something very small and trite — just flip the script, so to speak. Pushing things to extremes is the lifeblood of satire, so don’t be afraid to go far out there.

Also ask yourself: what if the subject in my story gave a direct quote with absolute honesty? What would he or she say without the “political filter”?

As always, take this & run! Don’t feel constrained — see what comes up. Feel free to review the project here.

Post your responses below in the comments or to our Discord by Monday & I’ll check ’em out!

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