Narrative Intervention


Narrative Intervention

Part 1

My grandpa and the servant only watched from a distance. The scene was too emotional for their interruption. Grandpa made calculated almost seemingly lamenting steps towards the table at the farthest corner of the guest room. He leaned on the table lost in thoughts, though the anger in her face was masked by evident despair. The servant moved closer to grandmother but could not touch her to comfort. She also left my grandmother alone holding the Little Brother. “Mmmhh uuuhh mmmhhh uh uh,” was all what she murmured, lost for words and expression, but full of emotions.

My grandmother cuddled her baby. Not a word came from her mouth. The same hand that moment earlier was hard on the meat cleaver was not smoothly rolling over Little Brothers matted hair. Her hair has not always been like that.




Life writers are not always ‘truthful’ in their accounts and recounts. The gaps and silences in (auto) biographical tests hint that the author may sometimes be an unreliable narrator. Constructing his or her version of people, places, events and representations of the self. Gaps and silences may also occur in tests so that the reader can make their own assumptions about people and events or the inclusion or exclusion of information may simply be stylistic to create a more cohesive narrative.


Title: narrative intervention (Creative, Written)

Type: Assignment – Written assignment

Learning outcomes: 3,4,5,6

Weight: 25%

Marked out of: 30

Total word and length: 700-900 words


Part 1: creative response

Students are to select a “gap or silence” in the text Unpolished Gem and write an intervention that represents a possible next or alternative scenario taking into considering the characters, the context, structure and style as they have been developed. The required length is between 400-500 words. Narrative Intervention.

Part 2: writer’s statement

Submit a writer’s statement that highlights the choices you have made in your narrative intervention and why. The required word length is 300-400 words.


Part 1: Creative Response

  1. Select a gap or silence in the text Unpolished Gem.
  2. Draft your new section for the novel. Your response must read as if Alice Pung had written it herself.

you will need to:

  • Understand what motivated Alice Pung to write this novel in the first place. (this means having an awareness of the purpose, audience and context).
  • Compose an event that is plausible and linked to previous action. (this means that your narrative composition must fit in with the plot as it is developing in the story and make sense)
  • Be familiar with Alice Pung’s writing style so that your words fit well (i.e. narrative point of view, use of imagery, humor and tone, variety of English, appropriate vocabulary and similar types of sentences and paragraphs)
  • Demonstrate understanding of the novel’s characters and what motivates them. (what are their personalities like, and how would they react in different circumstances)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the plot. (what is the narrative structure?). Narrative Intervention.

part 2: writer’s statement

the purpose of the writer’s statement is to explain and justify the creative decisions you made in the process of writing your narrative information.

The main elements that be evident in your writer’s statement are:

  1. The main themes/ideas/aspects of the original text you intended to maintain in your narrative intervention to meet the expectations of the intended audience and achieve your purpose.
  2. An explanation of how you used language features, stylistic features, and conventions to develop the plot and contribute to character development……… Narrative Intervention…….