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Would you like to be better at essay writing? At discusive writing? At persuasive writing?

Why not take a story-based approach?

One of the best ways to put ideas into words and link them together is by using stories. In this course, you'll learn how to use storytelling techniques to put your ideas together in formal essays. It's fun ... and you'll learn to think more clearly and express yourself more precisely. Those are key skills you need to develop if you want to ace your grades in exams.

On this course you will learn how to:

  • Look for techniques storytellers use that all writers use to argue their positions
  • Read more effectively
  • Use structure words more effectively
  • Structure your thoughts more effectively
  • Plan and draft work more quickly and efficiently
  • Generate original ideas more easily
  • Expand and contract thoughts more ably
  • Cite texts, insert quotes, and reference sources like a pro¬†
  • Explore contrasting points of view
  • Argue one side of a case, or find a synthesis between two opposing arguments
  • Develop stylish, elegant ways of arguing point

About Leon

Leon is a teacher steeped in the wonder and wisdom of the traditional integrated and integrative classical liberal arts, and is a keen supporter of living traditions, including living traditions of oral storytelling. He is author of several books including Aesop The Storyteller (Aladdin's Cave Press, 2008), a collection of 12 versified Aesopic fables, and History Riddles (Liberalis Books, 2013).


Students will need standard stationery supplies, and access to digital resources, including word processing softward and EITHER a digital shared workplace OR a hard copy A4 ring-file binder with dividers. In both cases, they will need facilities to upload clear scans or pictures of homework tasks. All courses will be taught on line in a specialised learning environment - a fast broadband connection is advisable. Some background reading will be required.

Accessibility and Flexibility

Content will be adapted to individual levels and interests as much as possible. Special needs students can be provided for (please contact the tutor to discuss before enrolling) and assessments can be handed in via video rather than in written format, with videos uploaded to YouTube or WeTransfer and shared via private link on this site.

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