A bildungsroman is a coming-of-age story.
This Halloween think of Ray Bradbury’s: Something Wicked This Way Comes.
There is a line in the prologue which reads:
The Harry Potter series is also a bildungsroman, telling the story of Harry maturing and coming-of-age as a wizard.
A bildungsroman includes these features:
1. Watch this short video about bildungsroman:
Bildungsroman on youtube.
2. Select a book that tells a coming-of-age story. Explain why you think it is a bildungsroman.
Read more on Ray Bradbury here.
Read more about Something Wicked This Way Comes at Goodreads.
Read more about literary devices here.
Writers often speak of music that inspires them in their writing.
Today, we will use this music and video to inspire a story.
Find more information about this music here from The Piano Guys.
1. Watch this short video.
The Piano Guys on youtube.
2. Use it to inspire a short story or first chapter.
J.K. Rowling has changed our perception of witches and wizards forever with her Harry Potter series.
Here Hermione works with her cauldron:
As Halloween approaches, let us take a look at Shakespeare’s witches:
1. Memorize the poem.
2. Write a Halloween poem.
3. Read it out loud.
Watch this interpretation of The Hogwarts Spell on youtube.
Watch for this book release:
Some of their work:
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More from U of M Press here.
Write a short story that includes mythology.
i.e. means “that is”
Perhaps thinking of it as “in effect” will be helpful.
e.g. means “for example”
Think “example given.”
These are actually abbreviations of the Latin: exempli gratia and id est.
For more see dictionary.com.
1. Write 3 sentences using the phrase “that is.”
2. Write 3 sentences using the words “for example.”
3. Now rewrite those sentences inserting “i.e.” or “e.g.”
Creating characters is a bit like being Dr. Frankenstein.
We can establish what each character’s dialect is with this helpful site:
Click here for dialects from George Mason University.
Here’s a fun link to British accents:
from Siobhan Thompson on youtube.
1. Establish the accents and speech patterns of your primary character.
2. Read your work out loud.
Parenting is probably the hardest job in the world.
The Pope recently canonized Louis and Zelie Martin, the
parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux.
Watch the trailer for the movie about their daughter, Therese, here.
1. Write a story for children that carries a message for older readers, as well.
2. See the list of Caldecott Medal winners here.
*Find this book at Amazon here.
K.M. Weiland has written a great book:
In this book, she explains how to structure your opening.
She begins by saying,
Some of her useful advice includes,
“Open with conflict . . .”
“Open with movement . . .”
“Establish the setting . . .”
“Orient readers with an ‘establishing’ shot. Anchoring readers can often be done best by taking a cue from the movies . . . [Y]ou can present the setting and the characters’ positions within it in as little as a sentence or two.”
“Set the tone . . . give readers accurate presuppositions about the type of tale they’re going to be reading. Your beginning needs to set the stage for the denouement– without, of course, giving it away.”
This book is available at Amazon here.
1. Write your first chapter.
2. Open with conflict.
Find K.M. Weiland on Twitter here.
“Lake George, Autumn”
Many of us think of big flowers when we think of the artist, Georgia O’Keefe, but her work was so much more.
Georgia O’Keefe lived 1887-1986. She was born in Wisconsin, but perfected her style by studying and teaching art all across the country. She started painting in New Mexico in 1929.
1. Watch this video with Carolyn Kastner at the Georgia O’Keefe Museum.
2. Go outside to work on your art today.
O’Keefe poster available here: National Gallery of Art
More at the Boulder Weekly here.
More from Staci Cobabe (Utah edu) here.