WHAT IS IT
What kind of novel would Steinbeck’s East of Eden be without the Salinas Valley? Or Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway without London?
Landscapes are very often the main character of the stories we write and that is why this course will be structured like an expedition.
We’ll start from the way the main characters of a tale find their bearings in space, to end with a detailed description of the landscape that surrounds them, while learning how to construct precise architecture, whether it is realistic or science fiction. Students will be guided by great masters who have principally taken their inspiration from nature or cities. During the course they will look into how light, flora or deserts can really give stories profundity with the purpose of writing a long tale, a personal essay or a short novel where the relationship between an individual and the setting is central. The format will be up to the students. There will also be a short incursion into nature writing and the non-fiction of contemporary flâneurs such as Teju Cole as a way to find out how to reinvent a city or an area in a personal way while letting the reader into a place they’ve never been to.
Lessons start in May and go on until July.
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.