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: The Hero’s Journey

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… Continue reading Project 2: The Hero’s Journey

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

Exercise 2: Twenty-four hours of text I compiled a list of everything I've read, written, seen or heard over the last 24 hours. So, what makes writing art? I brainstormed this, too, and ended up with far more questions than answers. Feeling stuck and as advised, I ended up referring to my notes from Part… Continue reading Project 1: The craft of writing

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

Introduction to Creative Reading

I'm really looking forward to this section of the course as I love thinking about the way language and words operate, surprise us, evolve over time and in (or out of) context. I read (or listen to audio versions of) many different literary genres and forms, and I also spend a lot of time writing.… Continue reading Introduction to Creative Reading

Assignment One: Reflection on feedback

I received formative feedback on my first assignment and was asked to reflect on Dr. Rees' comments and suggestions. I've organized my thinking according to the sections in the feedback form. Overall comments The overall comments were encouraging and acknowledged the work I put into my first assignment. I articulated my intention to work towards… Continue reading Assignment One: Reflection on feedback

Charlotte Salvanès at Galerie Mariska Hammoudi

Personal notes, with reference to course themes, on Salvanès' recent exposition: Everyday Life in a Happy Family Recently, I visited a small gallery in my neighbourhood. I had walked by as they were setting up the exposition and felt drawn to the work I saw, which felt distinctly maternal, feminine, familiar to me. Indeed, the… Continue reading Charlotte Salvanès at Galerie Mariska Hammoudi