Human beings have always used stories to express the important themes that are at the center of human life. A good story can be a myth, legend, epic poem, short story, play, novel, poem or film. In this course, learners will have a chance to look at a range of expressive story forms, from literature and language both ancient and contemporary. A good story contains universal themes, meaning it relates to many people regardless of time period or culture, such as life as a personal journey, the expression of personal voice, and the power of romantic love.
Learners will be introduced to the tools that help them understand these stories and their themes, including techniques in story creation (such as imagery, metaphor, rhyme and rhythm) and narrative elements (such as plot, character, setting, theme and mood) and learn how to formally analyze stories with these tools. With a greater understanding of the literary devices that support the building of a powerful story, learners can put them to use for themselves and express their own ideas and journey.
Launch, explore…and Bon Voyage!
Note: This course contains a SelfDesign end of course exam.