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CNF 57 W — Storytelling: Great Out Loud, Great on the Page

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Online course (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 16—Mar 23
Drop Deadline: Jan 19
Units: 3
Tuition: $880
Instructor(s): Diana Spechler
Limit: 17
Status: Registration opens on 12/04/2017
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 1/19 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 1/24 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Winter
Date(s)
Jan 16—Mar 23
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 19
3 Units
Fees
$880
Instructor(s):
Diana Spechler
Limit
17
Registration opens on 12/04/2017
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 1/19 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 1/24 at 5:00 pm (PT).
What is the secret of the storytellers on The Moth Radio Hour or This American Life? How do they communicate such convincing emotion and intimacy, whether their stories are funny, sad, or informative? Contrary to popular belief, great storytelling has less to do with public speaking than it does with strong writing.

In this course, you will learn how to use the tools you need to write a personal story that is both great out loud and great on the page. Weekly lectures will teach you the craft of storytelling, how to hit the appropriate emotional notes, and how to construct a proper arc. We will study stories by contemporary masters and watch videos by some of the best storytellers on the live scene. In the second half of the course, you will workshop your own story by posting a video or sound recording for supportive, helpful critique. By the end of the course, you will have a complete story to perform, and you will be able to adapt the piece into a written essay.

Diana Spechler, Author

Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Who by Fire and Skinny, and has written for Harper’s, Tin House, Paris Review, New York, GQ, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, and other publications. She received the Spring 2015 Orlando Creative Nonfiction Prize from the A Room of Her Own Foundation and is a seven-time Moth StorySLAM winner. Her book Going Off, based on her New York Times series by the same title, is forthcoming. Spechler received an MFA from the University of Montana.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.
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