Read “Moving On,” by Diane Cook, in The Best American Short Stories 2015, and respond to the prompt below in a 200-300-word response.

  • In 200-300 words, write your initial response to this story. There’s no specific question to answer here. You’ve just read the story, write whatever comes into your mind about it after reading it. Moments of greatest “fire,” thoughts, things it reminds you of (other stories, books, movies, etc.), questions, things you don’t understand, things you liked about it, disliked, emotions it brought up in you, etc.. Just write 200 words as quickly as you can in response to this story. Anything goes.
  • The same Plus / Check / Minus criteria for Reading Responses applies. In your response be sure to reference or cite one or two specific moments from the story and avoid a simple plot summary. I’m looking for your unique initial response to this text.

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