Saturday, June 29, 2013
Suggested Reading List for Oxford
Sat, June 29, 2013 | link
The suggested reading list for the "Creating Character"
course at Oxford is quite varied. Although I didn't have time to explore every one, I did get an enormous amount out of the
ones I was able to read. Dicken's Our Mutual Friend excels in making even the most minor character memorable. This
taught me to introduce every single human being in the novel in a unique, memorable way, even the maid one passes in the hallway.
Virginia Wolff"s Mrs. Dalloway was a treasure trove. I made a list of 32 different ways she presents her characters
and was able to add a good deal of variety in my character descriptions.I don't know about Rushdie--couldn't get into his
writing style or characters. Our tutor, Johnathan Miles, said not to worry if we didn't get to everything, that there would
be handouts in class of what we will discuss. Blessings on him!
S. Happy Days.
Bock, J., S. Harnick and J
Stein. Fiddler on the Roof. Script or DVD
C. ‘Prologue’ to The Canterbury Tales.
C. Our Mutual Friend.
Privates on Parade.
Rushdie, S. The Moor’s
Shakespeare, W. Richard III.
Woolf, V. Mrs Dalloway.‘
"Harlequin Romance" novels (Barbara Cartland, for instance), or a news stand war or erotic
novel, and also consider characters in memoirs, autobiography and poetry.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Mon, June 24, 2013 | link
Just a reminder that my first novel, Degrees of Obsession, is now available on Kindle for 99 cents. Such a deal.
I just booked my last reservation for
my trip to Oxford and France. Now to the big spreadsheet! When I travel I put all my travel info on one Excel spreadsheet.
And with all the various connections and the planes, trains, and automobiles, this is going to be more important than ever.
I think the only conveyances we won't be on are boats and horse-drawn carriages. But you never know!
A bit about OUSSA
I will be taking a one-week residential course on "Creating
Character" by well-known author Jonathan Miles, July 13-20, 2013, at Rewley House, Oxford
I will be joining people from the UK, Europe and further afield (me!) for enjoyable,
yet serious study with some of the finest tutors in the country. For over 100 years the Oxford University Summer School
for Adults (OUSSA) programme has been making it possible for everyone to take advantage of the Oxford system of expert
tuition in small groups.
This intensely practical course explores character. Through
examples stretching from Chaucer to Becket, you will identify the ingredients that give fictional beings life. When, does
a character take on an archetypal status? When does a character degenerate into a two-dimensional stereotype? Most people
feel comfortable creating characters that they know well. But what about those figures that are more distant from our
everyday experience and yet who seem to demand a place in our stories? And what about the possibility that there may be
no such thing as character? This writing workshop explores different ways of approaching and building rounded, interesting,
recognisable but not cliché-ridden characters.
entrance requirement for a summer school course is enthusiasm for the subject and a commitment to undertake the required
coursework before and during the summer school.