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October 2024 Modules

Advanced Old English Series: Readings in Prose
Continuing Series Candidate

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays at 7:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on October 3, 7, 10, (skip 14 for Indigenous People's Day), 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
Welcome to the Readings in Prose page for the Advanced Old English Series in which students explore, in alternating months, a work of prose and then a work of poetry to introduce students to the breadth and depth of Old English texts available for study. Each month Dr. Swain surveys the group to see what they want to tackle next from month to month.
Precepted by Dr. Larry Swain

A Journey Through The History of the Hobbit 3
Continuing Series Candidate

We’re currently reviewing the schedule for this class at the moment. We will update it here once resolved. Thanks!
In Module 3 of our journey through The History of the Hobbit we will explore The Third Phase onwards.

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

Book Club: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 1
First in the Series Candidate

We’re currently reviewing the schedule for this class at the moment. We will update it here once resolved. Thanks!
Wands at the ready, let's read the fourth 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 two months, we will follow fourteen-year-old Harry's adventures as he is forced to compete in the deadly Triwizard Tournament. But who entered him in the tournament, and why? The answers will reveal the dark forces poised to destroy the wizarding world...

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: Late-Stage Revisions (Novel in a Year)
Continuing Series Candidate

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays at 9:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on October 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
Have you finished (or nearly finished) a whole story draft? In this module, you will learn how to craft an ending that makes your entire story shine. You will also learn techniques for ensuring readers are immersed in your story and experiencing the emotional journey you intended. We will use collaborative feedback and discussion during class to help you refine your skills as a storyteller.

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 Retreat

Friday the 25th from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM Eastern; Saturday the 26th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Eastern: Saturday the 26th from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM Eastern; Sunday the 27th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern.
Write Our Hearts

Come for gentle writing. Introspection. Self expression in a circle of caring and community. Come gather virtually in the Cottage in the Woods with Sparrow: she literally wants us to prep food ahead and get away from the family and the dishes for forty eight hours to write our stories. It's so hard to find time for ourselves, so let's intentionally make that time. From Friday evening through Sunday afternoon there will be writing to prompts, conversation, ideas, blocks of free writing time. Does your heart ache to express a private grief on the page? Is your subconscious telling you to rewrite a story? Do you need to rewrite your story? This weekend will use the brand new Autumn Leaves set of prompts.

Here's the plan:
Friday the 25th from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM Eastern: Community, Evening pages, and Escape
Saturday the 26th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Eastern: Recovery of Wonder
Saturday the 26th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern: Nap time.
Saturday the 26th from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM Eastern: Recovery of Hope
Sunday the 27th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern: Consolation and Eucatastrophe

Our goal is to write our hearts. Is that memoir? Is that a new story just for yourself? Is that a long, long prayer in the form of a poem? Writers might write between sessions as well as during. Some writers bring their characters to Writing Retreat and write in that character's voice as they work deeper and deeper meaning into their Stories.

You are going to end this amazing experience with something that is uniquely yours. Whether this turns out to be a narrative, creative nonfiction, or a huge list of Be-Happy-Attitudes, this deserves to be on your page, just for you.
Precepted by Sparrow F. Alden

Egyptian Hieroglyphs 3
Continuing Series Candidate

We’re currently reviewing the schedule for this class at the moment. We will update it here once resolved. Thanks!
The Hieroglyphics series will present students with a basic understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs, grammar, and knowledge about how to proceed with further study. In this sequence of courses we will discuss how to translate steles that you are likely to encounter in museums, as well as their cultural significance. As student progress, the class will tackle more complex translation. Each one-month module builds on the previous one, so students ready to learn Hieroglyphics will communicate with our Director and Professor Gaffney to make the right placement for everyone.
Precepted by Shawn Gaffney

Ink Spots and Tea Stains: What we Learn from C.S. Lewis's Writing Habits
Spotlight  Candidate

C.S. Lewis is one of the most prolific and influential writers of the 20th century. And yet, in his early career as an Oxford don, he viewed himself as a failed poet. Moreover, his most canonical and transformational writing happened during the most stress-filled periods of his life. This short course allows students to peek into the writing life of C.S. Lewis. Our goal is to see through the lines of printed text by visiting the letters and archival remains of Lewis in a virtual setting. Most of C.S. Lewis's papers remain undigitized and unpublished, available only locally at archives in North America and England.

As Professor Brenton Dickieson has visited these archives, he is able to invite students to appreciate C.S. Lewis's writing life by looking at the way that he consciously and unconsciously built his literary career. This course is for writers who are developing their own habits and literary life-prints, as well as folks who are curious about C.S. Lewis's life beyond the biographies and bestselling books.

We are not doing text close readings, but looking at the “paratextual” information available to us: writing drafts, letters, diary entries, manuscripts and typescripts, title, and the like.

Week 1: Lewis: Pen, Ink, Paper
• C.S. Lewis’s Single-jointed Self-Conception as a Writer
• What Lewis Says about his Writing Habits
• Legendary Bonfires, Stuffed Dolls, and American Suckers: A Story of Lewis’s Papers and Manuscripts
• The Screwtape MS. Story: Part 1

Week 2: Leaves, Bombs, Stains
• The Screwtape MS. Story: Part 2
• “Villainous Handwriting”: Charlie Starr’s Lewis Handwriting and Rough Draft vs. Fair Draft
• Reconsidering the Lindskoog Affair with Manuscript Evidence of “The Dark Tower”

Week 3: Joy, Theft, Death
• “The Quest of Bleheris”: Lewis’s Teenage Novel

Week 4:
• Is it True that Lewis Wrote in a Single Draft?
• A Grief Observed
• Tumbling Through the Wardrobe: The Discovery of Narnia
• Arthurian Torso
• A New Sketch of Lewis’s Writing Process(es)

Note: This course includes a significant amount of visual material on the screen. Please contact the SPACE team if you have visual accessibility requirements and we will do everything we can to accommodate.

Korean Culture for K-Drama Lovers
Spotlight  Candidate

We’re currently reviewing the schedule for this class at the moment. We will update it here once resolved. Thanks!
This module seeks to provide students with a deeper look into aspects of Korean culture which can provide a lens through which to view and appreciate them on a deeper level. Through a series of 8 classes, we will cover topics of Food, Social Structure, History, North-South relations, some aspects of language, and the global impact of K-dramas.
Precepted by Sam Roche

The Music of Middle Earth
Spotlight  Candidate

We’re currently reviewing the schedule for this class at the moment. We will update it here once resolved. Thanks!
In this module we will explore the musical storytelling of works related to the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. This discussion-based course is not targeted to musicians, and no prior musical knowledge or skill set is required. Rather, the course seeks to discuss how music can tell stories, and how music interacts with text, poetry, and adaptation. A familiarity with the work of Professor Tolkien is very helpful.

This course will study three types of musical adaptation: music inspired by Tolkien’s writing, work that has taken Tolkien’s poetry and put it to music, and music written for adaptations of Tolkien’s work. Each of these types of composition comes with their own unique storytelling approaches and outcomes.

Session 1: Johan de Meij, "Symphony No. 1: The Lord of the Rings"
Session 2: Martin Romberg, "Symphonic Poem, Telperion and Laurelin"
Session 3: Paul Corfield Godfrey: “The Tolkien Cycle”
Session 4: John Sangster, "The Hobbit Suite"
Session 5: The Tolkien Ensemble, "An Evening in Rivendell"
Session 6: Donald Swann: “The Road Goes Ever On, a Song Cycle”
Session 7: Howard Shore, "The Fellowship of the Ring"
Session 8: Bear McCreary, "The Rings of Power, Season One"
Precepted by Jack Schabert

Weird Languages
Spotlight  Candidate  Hybrid

Meeting Fridays at 8:00 PM Eastern for four 2 hour sessions on Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25
Many people do not realize the variety of language structures and strange language phenomena that exist in the world's languages. This class will introduce a number of features that can be found across the globe. These include object agreement, verbs that necessarily encode the shape of items, ergativity, discourse particles, languages with 20 grammatical gender classes, pronoun hierarchies, circumfixes and infixes, and the complex systems of taboo words that arise in some languages. We will look at a number of these, at what is rare, common, surprising, but all of which are real. Language families from Africa, the Caucasus, Siberia, Australia, and the Americas.

The module will follow an 8-session structure as follows:
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Lecture 1: Introduction to languages, English, linguistics, and glossing.
Discussion 1: How to we make sense of English and what else to expect in the world's languages?

Lecture 2: Agreement, ergativity
Discussion 2: Problem set and identifying parts of unusual phenomena.

Lecture 3: Evidentiality, Genders
Discussion 3: Noun class, word gender exercise.

Lecture 4: Taboo language and word classes, and shape.
Discussion 4: Word class and shape puzzle.
Precepted by Shawn Gaffney
If you have any questions about the SPACE program, please reach out to [email protected].