WHAT IS IT
Why does a writer choose to tell a story in first, second, or third person? What factors need to be considered at the start of the writing process, and what are the implications of these choices?
From ancient epic poems to contemporary novels, from biographies to epistolary novels, every author has asked themselves these questions, using the answers to find the right voice to tell their stories.
To begin with, we will take a look at a selection of work from writers who have already made these important choices: how did Čechov, Pirandello, Céline, Philip Roth, Michel Houellebecq, John Williams or Cesare Pavese decide on a narrative voice for their stories? We will analyse the reasons, characteristics and consequences of their decisions, learning the techniques that allow writers to approach the reader or, alternatively, to increase the distance that separates them.
This knowledge will serve you well when it is your turn is to write, helping to make your story more faithful to your intentions and your authorial voice. In addition to attending lessons, each student will be tasked with writing a “collective narrative”, telling the same story in several different voices. This is the only way to truly discover how changing voice takes the story in unexpected directions and into unanticipated forms, because each voice carries a different story.
Lessons will start in October and will go on for three months.
How does Classi-fy work?
You’ll have to follow a weekly timetable of appointments, which can be video lessons or notes to read. You’ll have deadlines to write and share your homework on Classi-fy website. You’ll read what your classmates write and you’ll be able to comment or receive feedback on what you write. You’ll be able to meet each other and talk about the lessons on the forum – ok, we already know you won’t only talk about that, but that’s part of the fun. Sometimes your teacher will post a video in which he publicly analyses the work of the class, but you’ll receive your personal evaluation also from your classmates, during the debate.
What about the course timetable?
You’ll know it pretty soon: lessons will start in October and will last three months.
What are the technical skill necessary to take part to the course? Do I have to install a special program on my computer?
You’ll mainly work online, therefore all you need is the internet connection. On Classi-fy website you can share your documents, watch the video lessons, download teaching material and text your classmates.
What does it happen at the end of the course?
The class will come to Scuola Holden, in Turin, in order to attend the final lesson and collect your diploma. Eventually you’ll meet everyone and, if everything is right, you’ll have a beer together in Borgo Dora to celebrate.