How does story 'story'?
What is the hidden code that makes stories work?
This course provides a clear answer to these questions.
It covers six key story structures in detail and gives an overview of a further 12 identified to date using a unique and innovative approach to analysing stories.
The methodology taught on this course is based on an application of George Spencer-Brown's Calculus of Indications from his book, 'Laws of Form'. No prior knowledge of the system is necessary. The application is simple and uses a basic set of only six symbols that are sufficient for notating all of the story structures identified to date.
The course is aimed at adults with an interest in narrative - If you are a storyteller, writer, narratologist, literary theorist, systems theorist, political analyst, historian, narrative therapist, or just have an interest in how stories work, this course is for you.
Over 10 sessions, this course will show you how to:
Session 1: Introduction, Structure 1: Transformation, Structure 2: Quest
Session 2: Structure 3: Trickster, Structure 4: Revelation, Linear and Dynamic structures
Session 3: Structure 5: Call and Response, Structure 6: Chinese Circular Structure
Session 4: Plot patterns, the narrator, descriptions, transitions
Session 5: Open-ended and closed structures
Session 6: The unfolding of story structures
Session 7: Mapping the dynamic Chinese Circular Structure to the linear structures covered
Session 8: The story structure of sentences, the quality of sentence types
Session 9: The story structure of poetic forms
Session 10: Left open-ended for student requests or content which emerges from engagement with the course
Homework will be set for most sessions and participants will have the opportunity to share work in and between sessions.