Writing a speech for the HSC Creative Writing has benefits. The overwhelming majority of creative pieces brought into the Paper One exam are short stories. For the last 12 years, the exam paper has never specified what medium they want you to use. Simply, the exam question has only specified of the medium that it needs to be “an imaginative piece” or a “creative piece.” Here are some pretty convincing benefits of writing a speech…
-Identify the setting clearly so that there is an understanding of the audience. It might be as simple as titling and dating the speech, or it might be about your persona demanding that everyone recognise “it’s 2017,” in the style of Justin Trudeau.
-You must have a clear purpose. Speeches are written to entertain, to persuade, and to inform. What’s your purpose?
-The techniques of speeches. You’re still a composer, and composers manipulate language in a way that meets their purpose. Consider the use of a motif, a mantra, a rhetorical question, and modality.
-Presenting it yourself. When you’ve written your draft, stand up, and pretend to be your persona in the confines of your bedroom. You essentially created this persona: so read out their words and see if they flow as you imagine them doing if this were orally presented in context.
Here’s an example of a creative speech used in the HSC that scored a Band 6!
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