1. Thomas Kitchen
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    Can I end a University assignment on a cliffhanger?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Thomas Kitchen, Jan 15, 2013.

    Hi all,

    This is a fairly basic question, but one that needs answering nonetheless. I have four mini assignment to do for my Creative Writing degree, and one of these is to write a playlet on basically anything, so I decided to write one on euthanasia/pulling the plug. Seeing as it can be a maximum of only three A4 sides, is it okay for me to end it on a cliffhanger? It'll really be a struggle to end with some kind of resolution, and considering the theme's mysteriousness and lack of answer, I thought it would be fine to do so.

    Thoughts/objections? :)
     
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    Probably, best to ask your tutor. As far as I am concerned, if it is a good story and it keeps you asking questions at the end, it stays in you brain - and that is good. But, individual universities have different criteria (I am talking in general terms, as I have studied at a university - nursing - but not studied Creative Writing), so you need to check with yours. Good luck.
     
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    The answer that matters is your instructor's.

    In the real world, you should never end a submitted story or play with a cliffhanger. You can leave open questions, but the story needs to be complete.
     
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    ditto the 'we can't give you answer, only your instructor can' responses...
     
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    i've also done creative writing at uni. cogito and mammamaia are correct - your tutor is your first call and the one who will mark it. however, i would assume that the story needs resolution even if it does have open questions. all the best.
     

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