Stories: Seen, Heard, Told

Storytelling and story reading are fundamental human activities and make up the backbone of this course. Using various media including print, film, radio, and electronic, we will explore questions such as: How do we organize our experiences into stories? How can learning about the choices that go into creating a story help us as readers, writers, and performers? To what extent does language shape the content and order of stories? How can we move beyond the basics of plot and character in ways that deepen our experience of the story – be it short story, novel, graphic novel, film, radio, or blog? How does our ability to recognize the complexities of story build our capacity to think critically, develop empathy, and better understand our place in the world? We will read and discuss stories in the context of medium, record our response to those stories, conduct supported research, and create a final narrative project for public presentation.