WHAT IS IT
In the past few years, we have seen a steady increase in the presence of a type of books on bookshelves that have been labelled in many different ways and have got many different hues, being non-fictional narrative, personal essay, long-form and auto-fiction.
This range of genres can be connected, with a bit of a stretch of the imagination, with both those books that are similar to self-help manuals where, through their autobiography, writers give more or less acute observations about life and more complex books such as one of the main publishing successes of last year. Its writer William Finnegan, who is also a surfer, turns his passion for waves into a journey to find the wild side of humankind, which everybody keeps hidden deep down inside.
We are speaking about the kind of books that follow on from personal experience and the considerations arising from it and then set in a hybrid way as taking advantage of the strategies that belong to both narrative and essay writing. While a fiction writer finds their way where the inner self blends with the tale, a narrative essayist never completely disappears in their stories. In order to avoid simply writing a diary, a writer must be able to balance on the fence between the world and themselves. They have to be able to be surprised as if they were looking at reality through somebody else’s eyes while letting the unforeseen come into their gaze.
During these classes, we will select some non-fictional narrative works that are very different from each other to observe how various writers have been able to find the necessary equidistant space to write a narrative essay. And through a series of exercises, every student will try to make part of their everyday experience available, even the most ordinary, through a form that will take it to extraordinary literature.
Lessons start in April and go on until June.
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 Google Drive. 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 in private.
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. We’ll use Google Drive to share documents.
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.