Characters are People

With Katherine McCord. Starting

Using what Hemingway said about craft, that characters aren’t characters, but people, and his metaphor of an iceberg, that in the story we only see the tip, we will “unpack” the character/person through a series of writing assignments, so students can know their characters/people well enough to write stories about them.  Or, the individual pieces students will write to know their characters, can be publishable or even strung together to make a larger piece that will be publishable, or, finally, the beginning of a longer piece, such as a novel or novella that will continue in this manner.

Module One – Introductions, welcoming, lecture delivered by Katherine concerning the details of the theory that characters are people.  Students may respond to and discuss the lecture as needed.  By the end of the week, students will share their written assignments which for week 1 will be to complete a journal entry written by their character and we will respond.

Module Two – Lecture concerning how to respond to student work and how this can relay writing growth.  Students may respond and discuss the lecture as needed.  By the end of the week, students will share their written assignment which will be to complete a description of their person’s backpack, purse, or briefcase, etc., and we will respond.

Module Three –  Lecture concerning action, how the emotion of their person is shown by action, and those actions are starting to be understood via these writing assignments.  Students may respond and discuss the lecture as needed.  By the end of the week, students will share their written assignment which will be to complete a homework assignment, memo, or note, etc., written by their character and we will respond.

Module Four – Lecture concerning writing toward truth, heat, and the bottom dropping out.  Students may respond and discuss the lecture as needed.  By the end of the week, students will share their written assignment which will be to describe in detail their character’s most valued possession, and we will respond.

Module Five – Lecture concerning the scale of revision, how that can change, and conclusions.  Students may respond and discuss the lecture as needed.  By the end of the week, students will share their written assignment which will be to complete a detailed memory, in terms of how their characters remember it, and we will respond.

Suitable for all levels.

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About The Tutor

Katherine McCord's third book, My CIA, is a lyric essay/memoir. My CIA was named a top ten book of 2012 by the Review of Art, Literature, Philosophy and Humanities; added to their ongoing list of Great Nonfiction reads; and recently noted as one of the best books of the 5,000 they have reviewed since their inception. It won a Baker Artist Award; was showcased on Maryland Public Television’s program, An Artworks Special; and was featured through an art installation co-produced by those in Maryland Institute College of Art’s MFA in Curatorial Practice Program in early December 2013 in Baltimore. Katherine also has two books of poetry: Island and Living Room (prose poems). She has published widely in literary journals and magazines, such as American Poetry Review. She has an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College and an MA in English/Creative Writing/Poetry. Her newest literary memoir, just out, is Run Scream Unbury Save.

 

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Course Details

  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Price: 295 USD