ClassWriting 24 Frames Per Second: Movies As Inspiration
Movies are a wellspring of inspiration for writers. They dazzle our senses, evoke our emotions, and tell the stories of our lives. This class is for anyone who loves movies and wants to tap into what they love about them to inform their writing.
Each week, we will consider a different aspect of movies, including visual aesthetics and ways to use cinematography concepts in our own writing and movies as social texts. We will consider genre, experimental movies, and explore movie-going experiences as ripe for literary inquiry.
This is a multigenre class, with a focus on longform essays, poetry, and short fiction. Students will have the opportunity to respond to prompts posted on the online discussion board and will be able to workshop a short piece in class. We will have a cursory discussion on some basic film concepts and read a wide array of writing on movies by James Baldwin, Danez Smith, Rachel Kincaid, Frank Bidart, and more. We will discuss and watch parts of films in thriller, experimental, horror, and romance genres. Students should expect a lively class that leads them to consider movies in new ways and as rich resources for writing material.
Instructions for Accessing This Online Class
In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.
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