Tonight we are starting our new course, called “Writing, Myth and Tradition”, and we’re very excited to meet our new students, and to spend the next six weeks working together on exploring storytelling skills.

For this class, we’re exploring the stories that fashion us, that give us a sense of who we are and what our relationship is to the world – personal stories, family histories, national myths, religious traditions…

One thing that we have found in working with students over the years is that it is easy to overlook the richness of our own stores of story (or, in an image drawn from the Indian literary tradition, the ocean of stories in which we swim), to think that all the interesting tales belong to other people. So in this course, we’re going to be encouraging students to investigate their own resources and to develop compelling stories, as fiction, as non-fiction or in whatever other forms seem most fitting…

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