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A Mixtape for your Minivan: Writing the Line Between Fiction and Non

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I wrote a coming of age novella for my honors capstone project. A novella lies between a short story and a full length novel, and is usually between 17,500 and 40,000 words. My novella, A Mixtape for your Minivan, is loosely based on my personal experiences growing up in Cleveland, Ohio during the Recession. The book is geared toward a young adult audience and humorously addresses themes like the American Dream, downward economic mobility, poverty, multi-generational living, the loss of job security, and strained family dynamics. In addition to creating a completed novella, I have also written an accompanying thesis on my experience, which examines the place of the novella in modern literature, reflects on my creative process, and critiques my completed novella. I anticipate that my presentation will incorporate an overview and excerpts from my finished novella, as well as objective, academic reflections and critiques of my novella, taken from my thesis paper. I will be discussing the many things I learned about the writing, editing, and publication process by creating this work, as well as the literary merit and classification of my work.

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Apr 19th, 2:30 PM

A Mixtape for your Minivan: Writing the Line Between Fiction and Non

Benner Library Fishbowl

I wrote a coming of age novella for my honors capstone project. A novella lies between a short story and a full length novel, and is usually between 17,500 and 40,000 words. My novella, A Mixtape for your Minivan, is loosely based on my personal experiences growing up in Cleveland, Ohio during the Recession. The book is geared toward a young adult audience and humorously addresses themes like the American Dream, downward economic mobility, poverty, multi-generational living, the loss of job security, and strained family dynamics. In addition to creating a completed novella, I have also written an accompanying thesis on my experience, which examines the place of the novella in modern literature, reflects on my creative process, and critiques my completed novella. I anticipate that my presentation will incorporate an overview and excerpts from my finished novella, as well as objective, academic reflections and critiques of my novella, taken from my thesis paper. I will be discussing the many things I learned about the writing, editing, and publication process by creating this work, as well as the literary merit and classification of my work.