So the good folks at Portland’s Attic Institute have invited me to teach a class this fall, and as I have some time on my hands and have always enjoyed teaching, I’ve agreed to dip a toe back into the world of pedagogy.

The class is called “Reading Film, Writing Film,” and it’s intended as both an introduction to watching movies critically and a writing workshop. We will look at scenes from a variety of movies, discuss what we see and how we see it, and then we will write about it in a variety of genres of students’ choosing: reviews, narrative, journals/diaries, and so on.  And then we will discuss what we’ve written and work on editing and refining it.  It’s not a screenwriting class, though I imagine that screenwriters will find some worth in it.  Rather, it’s a class in seeing critically and honing the ability to write about the experience.

One important note:  Attic Institute says that the fifth and final class will be held on November 22, which happens to be Thanksgiving night.  The final week will, in fact, be November 29.

Questions?  Ask in the comments and I’ll get back to you.