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July 2024 Modules

A Journey Through The History of the Hobbit 2
Continuing Series Confirmed

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, August 1
In Module 2 of our journey through The History of the Hobbit we will explore Chapter VIII to the end of The Second Phase.

Just as Christopher Tolkien did for the rest of his father’s Middle-earth works, John Rateliff has compiled the manuscripts and early versions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and presented them with notes and commentary. In this three-part series, we will work our way through Rateliff’s book, The History of the Hobbit. From the first drafts where Gandalf was called Bladorthin (and Thorin was called Gandalf) to the later versions made to better fit with The Lord of the Rings, this SPACE series will give you a much better understanding of how The Hobbit was crafted and a new appreciation for the story that, in some respects, started it all. As well as Rateliff’s material, these modules will also feature some never-before-seen visualizations of The Hobbit draft texts from the Digital Tolkien Project.

Module 1: Chapters I through VII
Module 2: Chapter VIII to the end of The Second Phase
Module 3: The Third Phase onwards
Precepted by James Tauber

A Sip of Tea and Tea Culture
Confirmed

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays at 9:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on July 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24
In this module we will explore the cultural history of tea production, tea consumption, and tea-related cultural forms and practices. Primary focus will be on Asia, with side-expeditions to other parts of the world. White, green, Oolong, red (black), the Silk Road, tea bricks, tea ceremonies, tea-and-Zen, tea as world commodity, tea as entheogen---we can explore all of this and more!
Precepted by Dr. Robert Steed

Beginning Japanese 5
Continuing Series Confirmed

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on July 2, (skip 4), 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
Continuing from where we ended in Japanese 4, we will advance our knowledge of Japanese grammar, vocabulary, speaking, listening, and kanji as we work our way through the Genki textbook.
Precepted by Dr. Robert Steed

Book Club: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Confirmed

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays at 10:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on July 1, (skip 4th of July), 8, 11, 15, (skip 18), 22, 25, 29, August 1.
Blimey, let's read the third Harry Potter book!
We will get together twice a week to explore the series, reading through the books at a relaxed pace. Connect with fellow readers and share your insights as we discover (or rediscover) the magic.

Over one month, we will follow thirteen-year-old Harry's adventures as he contends with an escaped mass murderer. Yet all is not as it seems. As Harry grapples with the consequences of a hidden betrayal, he must confront the meaning of fear. Failure may just cost him his soul…

This book club is all about sharing the moments of unexpected, joyful discovery through close reading. Focusing on the text, we will share our personal readings and experiences. We will learn from our classmates in a kindness-first, supportive environment.

Together, we can tackle some big questions about the series. What was it about the Harry Potter books that resonated with so many people? To what extent is it possible or indeed desirable to separate art from artist?

Most of all, however, we will have an inclusive dialogue that embraces a multiplicity of views and enriches our experience of the text.
Precepted by Dr. Julian Barr

Creative Writing: Discovering Novel Revision (Novel in a Year)
Continuing Series Confirmed

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays at 9:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on July 1, (skip 4), 8, 11, 15, (skip 18), 22, 25, 29, August 1
Has your draft reached the dreaded muddy middle? In this module, you will learn skills and strategies to examine a novel draft with fresh eyes. You will learn to do large-scale edits for topics such as plot, character arcs, and stakes to shape your story to your vision. We will also use collaborative feedback and discussion during class as you discover your own revision process.

Novel in a Year Note: Anyone is welcome to join our Novel in a Year modules at any time (the only exception is Tree Workshop (Novel in a Year 11) which, while open to all who have a mature writing project ready for close scrutiny, is designed specifically for students who have completed at least 4 previous modules in the Novel in a Year sequence). Each module is designed to stand alone without prerequisites. However, for the richest experience, the full twelve-month sequence of modules will carry you from blank page through to completing your novel. In a writing journal, you will track your progress and moments of unexpected, joyful discovery as you continue your novel. Whether you are looking to publish commercially or simply writing for yourself, our program is designed to nurture your individual writing journey. Our workshops place kindness first, lifting up excellence and encouraging you to tell your story in your own voice. For more information about our Collaborative Feedback model, check out our video here.

Creative Writing: Weekend Intensive
Confirmed

Friday, July 5 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM Eastern
Saturday, July 6 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Eastern
Saturday, July 6 from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM Eastern
Sunday, July 7th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern
A Feast of Writing!

In one weekend, we're going to celebrate creativity by attempting a complete short story, novelette, or novella! Our format will include SPACE class sessions, WriterSpace focused writing time in excellent company, Bandersnatch Breakout room for talking about our craft and peer feedback, and an enthusiastic celebration of Story. So sharpen your quills, line up the inkpots, make a BIG casserole to last the weekend.

Here's the plan: This weekend we're going to focus on writing three to five scenes. Whether these are individual pieces of flash fiction, one short story that uses all the scenes together, or a handful of scenes within a larger work, we're going to practice the skills of writing tension and release, character goals, and character changes at the scene level.
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Our goal is to create a completed first draft in one weekend! Prompts, planning, focus methods, peer encouragement, machete editing, character crucibles — we’ll do it all. Writers will write between sessions as well as during.

You are going to end this amazing experience with a complete first draft of your story!


Note: For more information about the Collaborative Feedback Method in SPACE, please check out our video here.
Precepted by Sparrow F. Alden

Intermediate Old English: The Homilies of Wulfstan
Confirmed

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays at 8:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on July 2, (skip 4), 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30.
The Anglo-Saxon monk, priest and bishop Wulfstan (†1023) is, after Ælfric of Eynsham, the most famous author of Old English homilies. His alliterative prose, inventive vocabulary, and – most importantly – his fire-and-brimstone preaching style make him a joy to read. The scenes he invokes are both terrifying and captivating, and his descriptions of the invading Vikings as God’s punishment offer a unique glimpse into the mentality of a terrified English people in the 10th and 11th centuries. Come join us for a month of Anglo-Saxon “Old Time Religion” and see if you can master reciting the Old English phrase “Leofan men” with a Johnny Cash accent (suede tunic optional).

This unit is open to anyone who has a basic familiarity with the Old English language. We will begin by reading Wulfstan’s most famous sermon, the “Sermon of the Wolf” (Sermo Lupi ad Anglos), to gain familiarity with his style and to see some Viking action. After that, we will continue on to “On False Gods” for a bit more Christian vs. Pagan Linguistic Bloodsports before moving on to his more pious eschatological work. Wulfstan’s oeuvre is large, so each iteration of this module can focus on a different facet of his work.
Precepted by Dr. Isaac Schendel

Introduction to Ancient Magic 2
Continuing Series Confirmed

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays at 8:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on July 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24
This class continues into module two where we look specifically the Greco-Roman world, magic in myth and literature, and specific spells and objects in use throughout the classical world, including their relations to Mesopotamia and Egypt. This includes the Greek magical texts. What types of magic did they use? Who practiced them and why?
Precepted by Shawn Gaffney

Japanese: From Zero - 12
Continuing Series Confirmed

Meeting Tuesdays & Fridays at 9:00 AM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on July 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26
This course is for those who have an interest in Japanese culture and wish to continue our study of Japanese. We will continue using Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji, and covering grammatical structures. Through use of conversational Japanese, we will continue to explore how the language is used in anime, manga, and music.

Japanese is a language of great nuance and depth. This module will open the door to that world and build a foundation for greater insight into Japan's culture and its people.
Precepted by Sam Roche

Japanese Through Culture 1
First in the Series Spotlight  Confirmed

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays at 5:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, August 1
In this series, we will learn about various Japanese expressions and grammar through history, daily life, and pop culture such as anime. We will read, listen, speak, and write Japanese.

Note: Japanese Through Culture will be taught in Japanese. Therefore, it is for students who already have basic level of Japanese.
Precepted by Hitomi Takemura

Old English 2
Continuing Series Confirmed

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on July 2, (skip 4), 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
Ready to begin learning Old English? This series of modules introduces students to the vocabulary and structure of the earliest recorded form of the English language. One year of modules prepares the student to read texts from over a thousand years ago! Each one-month module builds on the previous one, so students ready to learn Old English will communicate with our Director and Professor Swain to make the right placement for everyone.
Precepted by Dr. Isaac Schendel

The Science of Reading: Teaching Your Kids How to Read
Spotlight  Confirmed

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays at 8:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on July 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24
Is your child struggling to learn how to read? Do they have trouble sounding out words, or understanding the meaning of new words? Do you struggle to explain why "one" begins with an o, and not a w? Then come learn more about the Science of Reading!

This introductory module will show you all about the Science of Reading, and why everyone should understand these fundamental linguistic principles throughout their reading journeys (not just kids!). We will discuss the history of the American Reading Wars and how they have impacted reading instruction, what happens in your brain as you learn to read, and how to use systematic, "building-block" approaches in your own home when reading with your little ones. If you're interested in the "why" and "how" of reading, then this module is for you!

Victorian Gothic: Exploring Dracula
Confirmed

Mondays & Wednesdays at 6:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on July 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31
When we think of Gothic Horror, Bram Stoker’s Dracula immediately comes to mind. In this Module, we will explore the reasons why we are drawn to this compelling yet terrifying character, and how Stoker was connecting with Victorian anxiety towards the Supernatural and the Other.
Precepted by Dr. Sara Brown
If you have any questions about the SPACE program, please reach out to [email protected].