Part Two: Learning Outcomes

Last week, I submitted my second assignment, a 1,500-word close reading analysis of the first few paragraphs in Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things. Before moving onto Part Three, I wanted to reflect on my work and learning these last few months against the course learning outcomes. Can I demonstrate an awareness of a broad… Continue reading Part Two: Learning Outcomes

Project 4: The Road

For this final project, we're asked to consider the following extract from the beginning of Cormac McCarthy's The Road (2006): "He pushed the cart and both he and the boy carried knapsacks. In the knapsacks were essential things in case they had to abandon the cart and make a run for it. Clamped to the… Continue reading Project 4: The Road

Project 4: Itinerancy

Notes on Chapter "Room 7: Itinerancy (pp. 148-163, Dean and Millar, Place) Generally, the projects detailed in this chapter touch on the concept of (subtle) movement or gestures as (metaphorical or literal) journey. While I really enjoyed the part of this course where we looked at the Hero's Journey, I didn't find the intersection of time,… Continue reading Project 4: Itinerancy

Project 3: Ways of saying and seeing

Close Reading A close reading is the analysis of a poem or an extract of prose in fine detail. Each reader's close reading is unique; it's about your response to the text as a reader more than the writer's intentions in the writing. So there are no right or wrong answers. (CAT p. 92) Exercise… Continue reading Project 3: Ways of saying and seeing

Project 3: Ways of saying and seeing

A Rough Guide to Poetic Devices For Aristotle, expression (or diction) is the fourth element essential to good storytelling. Poetic devices are found in all kinds of text, creative writing or literature, but perhaps they are more concentrated in poetry. Exercise 2a - Definitions and examples of poetic devices in poetry I consulted online poetry… Continue reading Project 3: Ways of saying and seeing

Project 3: Ways of saying and seeing

Notes from course material (p.81-2) Poetry Comes from the Greek word for "making" Is a literary art using aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language to evoke literal and figurative meaning(s) Can be very challenging; few of us engage with it outside of an academic context In fact, poetry and prose have a lot in common:… Continue reading Project 3: Ways of saying and seeing

Project 2: Subverting Aristotle

Notes from course material (p.78-9): Subverting the order of key plot points Jean-Luc Godard (screenwriter, filmmaker, storyteller of the 60s) says the beginning, middle and end of a story don't have to happen in chronological order. In 1994, Quentin Tarantino cast aside the "narrative convention of linear time and brought Godard's [...] idea into the… Continue reading Project 2: Subverting Aristotle

Project 2: The Hero’s Journey

I began this project taking notes in my learning log. Aristotle's basic template led to more elaborate ones, some variations of which are taught in school (for example, Freytag's plot pyramid). Joseph Campbell's Monomyth (summarized on Wikipedia here) was handily simplified for movie writing (but can also be applied to storytelling in general) by Christopher… Continue reading Project 2: The Hero’s Journey

Project 1: The craft of writing

Notes, from CAT binder: pages 66-68. Writing = “expressing language by letters or other marks’ (Peter T. Daniels, 1996) These marks form a system of signs A sign is an arbitrary name we assign to an object or concept. Arbitrary: arising from accident, rather than rule; not bound by rules We need context to give… Continue reading Project 1: The craft of writing