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November 2024 Candidate  Hybrid
Mixed Lecture/Discussion
In this hybrid module, we will explore Scarlett Thomas' book on writing advice, Monkeys with Typewriters. Starting with a brief introduction to literary theory and how it pertains to writers, the module will explore the philosophy and practice of storytelling. Through a combination of lectures and in-class exercises, you will discover tools to tell dynamic stories based upon your own life experiences, learn about the eight basic plots, unlock techniques of characterization and improve your work on the sentence level.

The module will follow an 8-lesson structure as follows:
• Lecture 1: Introduction
• Workshop 1: What do I bring to the story?

• Lecture 2: Plot Structures
• Workshop 2: How to Have Ideas

• Lecture 3: Narration and Characterization
• Workshop 3: Telling Your Tale

• Lecture 4: Starting the Novel
• Workshop 4: Sentence by Sentence

Required Texts

Students are encouraged to access the text Monkeys with Typewriters, but it is not required reading.
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This will be a Hybrid class (4 lectures & 4 discussion sessions). Each week will consist of 1 hour of recorded lecture and 1 hour of live discussion (not recorded) for a total of 8 class hours over the course of the month.

Delivery Plan
1. The first session each week will be a lecture session (recorded live)
2. The second session each week will be a live discussion session (not recorded).

Days and Times

We’re currently reviewing the schedule for this class at the moment. We will update it here once resolved. Thanks!

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