Writing skills: Mini saga
Students learn about mini sagas and try to write one themselves.
What is a mini saga?
A mini saga is a piece of writing which has exactly fifty words, not including the title, which can have up to fifteen words. A mini saga has to tell a story and have a beginning, middle and end. It cannot just be a description of something.
The first mini sagas appeared in 1982 in The Sunday Telegraph, an English newspaper. The Sunday Telegraph announced the idea of the mini saga and held a competition for the best ones.
Why use mini sagas?
Mini sagas provide an excellent vehicle for a short writing lesson. This is because:
- they are easy to read
- it is an easy task for the learner to understand
- to the learner, writing fifty words does not sound difficult (not at first!)
- they focus on accuracy (in the editing stage)
- like all creative writing, they have the potential to be very motivating