Part 2 – Project 1: Exercise 2

Write a list of everything you’ve read or written or seen or heard in the last 24 hours.

How many stories are contained within your list? This could be anything from notes in your learning log to the afternoon play on Radio 4, from a friend recounting a funny tale to the latest news online.

  • The things on my list I would count as stories are an 87k word fan fiction story I’m reading, the film ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ that I watched last night, some marketing emails I read which include ‘personal’ stories from the writers, and some of
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Part 2 – Project 1: Exercise 1

The first exercise follows on from the ideas of ‘the arbitrariness of the sign’ and ‘the textual revolution and the story’:

What happens to a story when you take it from its source, make it permanent in print, and disseminate it to a wide audience?

  • When a story is printed, it reaches a lot more people than it would when told orally. It stops evolving too. No longer does it change with each re-telling. That particular story is set in stone (or ink), unless it is re-written by someone else.
  • Printing of stories can have negative implications – misinformation and
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Part 2: Creative Reading. Introduction: Exercise 1

A quick exercise to start this section of the course:

  • First, write down all the reasons you can think of why people read.

To escape
To learn
To improve their lives
For entertainment
To heal
To remember
To relax
To build vocabulary
To fall asleep
To improve writing skills
To make choices

  • Next, write down a list of reasons why people write.

To entertain
To heal
To learn
To inform
To capture
To remember
To communicate
To preserve
To persuade
To improve other’s lives
To improve writing skills

  • What do you notice about your two lists? Do some of the
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