How to craft, write and deliver a story? How to captivate your audience? How to use symbols and images? These are just some of the questions we will address throughout the course, while exploring the magic, the science and the art behind Storytelling. By travelling across interconnected fields –literature, cinema, journalism, advertising and business communication– we will discuss universal themes and patterns, character creation and narrative techniques: for telling good stories, your stories.
Once upon a time: from Plato to Tony Soprano.
Structures and patterns: building a good story.
Universal themes: what makes a good story?
How to show and when to tell: the invisible narrative.
Characters: what will your story be?
The sense of place: mapping your setting.
The sense of time: perception, flow and chronology.
Suspense and emotional connection: embracing your inner storyteller.
Each session will include a theoretical introduction, class discussion and critical reading of a variety of cultural products (short stories, newspapers, essays, advertising campaigns, movies, TV series). Participants will also be involved in the process of designing, writing and presenting a story.