Welcome to SPACE, our adult continuing education program which offers interactive monthly courses for personal enrichment! Learn more here.

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November 2024 Modules

Advanced Old English Series: Readings in Poetry
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!
Welcome to the Readings in Poetry 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

Creative Writing: Monkeys With Typewriters
Candidate  Hybrid

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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
Precepted by Dr. Julian Barr

Creative Writing: Tree Workshop (Novel in a Year)
Continuing Series Candidate

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Note: Though this module is open to all who have a mature writing project ready for close scrutiny, we strongly recommend that students participating in this module will have completed at least 4 previous modules in the Novel in a Year sequence.

You’ll spend this month building on all the skills you’ve learned through the Creative Writing: Workshop modules by reading each other’s nearly completed novels. Now you’ve built a community of encouragement and good communication and have a deep familiarity with each other’s projects & styles: so, whether you’re copy editing or madly layering in a gamma plot, lean into the group for collaborative feedback to bring this novel to fruition.

Collaborative Feedback: A method of supportive feedback which lifts up excellence and encourages your own story in your own voice. You will read and comment kindly on others’ work as well as having the option to share your own writing (which we very much hope you will do). For more information, check out our video here.
Precepted by Dr. Julian Barr

Creative Writing: Workshop
Candidate

We’re currently reviewing the schedule for this class at the moment. We will update it here once resolved. Thanks!
We will meet to blend learning, discussion, and playing games with reading, appreciating, and commenting on one another’s work as it is submitted for peer review. Writers are encouraged—but never required—to submit new pieces in any state of draftiness or readiness up to 2,000 words each week for peer reading and feedback. Our Collaborative Feedback method, developed here at Signum University, asks us to comment at the author's comfort level through a structured reader (not editor) response. We gather to encourage the story that the author wants to tell. Our philosophy of kindness first might just turn around your previous experience of writing groups.





A seat has been reserved in this module for any writer (especially a beginner) of marginalized identity to support them finding their voice. Please simply write to [email protected] to identify yourself if you wish to join the class.





Note: For more information about the Collaborative Feedback Method in SPACE, please check out our video here.
Precepted by Sparrow F. Alden
If you have any questions about the SPACE program, please reach out to [email protected].