WHAT IS IT
At its best, humor is classified as a genre in itself in literature. At its worst, it is considered as a mere esthetic activity, a genius expedient but of a secondary importance compared to other mechanisms of a story. In fact, if orchestrated intelligently, humor can carry out a fundamental, but sometimes very difficult, task within narration; it can generate plausibility. A storyteller who’s able to include humoristic touches in their tales can make credible characters and catch the audience’s attention within a few lines (at least that part of audience that has got a good sense of humor). If you think about it, most of the characters that populate literature – from Sherlock Holmes to Zeno, from Holden Caulfield to Bartleby the scribe – have a certain amount of wit that moulds their identity and gives them a more profound soul and a more multifaceted personality. This while creating unexpected twists in the tone and rhythm of the plot, making the reader curious and giving them precious moments of comic relief even in the darkest stories. Not coincidentally, Calvino’s first lecture of his Six Memos for the Next Millennium had a light-hearted framework, while David Foster Wallace considered Kafka as a comical writer.
Our journey will start right from these principles, while searching for techniques that allow generating narrative worlds that are more complex, funnier, so therefore more real. The purpose is writing a tale which is not necessarily humoristic, but where humor is used as the keystone to construct plots and characters
Lessons will start in April and they will end in 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.