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Diversity Plus: East Asian Storytelling Forms and Themes with Henry Lien

July 11 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am PST

Values are not universal across all cultures, and thus what a satisfying story looks like is not limited to one model either. This course examines East Asian storytelling forms and themes, including the four-act kishōtenketsu structure, which is not based on conflict, tension, and resolution. The course will use case studies from books, films, and other mediums, and in-class exercises and games to demonstrate that elements that we consider staples of European/Western storytelling, such as the Hero’s Journey story structure, the empowerment arc, and individual heroism, are not universal across all cultures. Students will complete the course with tools to analyze the European/Western forms and themes in the stories they have written as well as templates from East Asian storytelling to explore and apply to their work.

Join Henry Lien for a workshop on East Asian storytelling forms and themes. Limited enrollment (15); scholarships available.

See class details here for more information and to enroll. 

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