Week One: PLOT
Anagnorisis (removal of ignorance) and Peripateia (reversal of fortune).
Assignment: Write ten one sentences stories with an anagnorisis. Write ten one sentence stories with a peripateia. Write 3 3 sentence stories with both an anagnorisis and a peripateia.
Week Two: Voice.
Voice is characteristic of an oral culture, yet writing is literary. Do not do any writing or reading for one week. Talk to people in your life and learn to imitate them.
Week Three: The Unconscious
The best writing taps into the personal, impersonal, historical, familial and social unconscious.
Assignment: Learn to hypnotize yourself and with guided use of masks and dance, channel the conflicts within your unconscious.
Week Four: Style.
English style falls into three categories: lucid, euphuistic and anomalous
Assignment: Read Thomas Browne’s “Hydriotraphia or Urne Buriale” aloud. Translate the euphuistic into either the lucid or the anomalous.
Week FIVE: The Audience
“The audience she is my hell, my heaven, my millstone, my wings, my tormenter, my dessert.”
Pair off with a classmate. Ask him or her what feelings, emotions or epiphanies he or she would like to have. Attempt to induce them with a short paragraph. Have him or her report back on your success and try again. Switch off. Try doing this for an hour at dawn and an hour in the middle of the night.
WEEK FIVE: The Unknown.
“The best writing is a love affair with the unknown.” Try to express this. Try not to express this. Try to ignore it — you will find that you can’t.
Week Six: Plot
Take one of your plots from week one and write it up as a 1400 word story taking into account what you have learned in the previous five weeks of the course.
10% class participation
Points will be deducted for lack of success in hitting the number 1400 in the word count for your final project. Instructor will be available during office hours to ajudicate whether hyphenated expressions count as one word or two.