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Malcolm Gladwell Teaches Writing

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Overview

Teaches Writing

Ketchup. Crime. Quarterbacks. Thanks to Malcolm Gladwell’s books, these ordinary subjects have helped millions of readers grasp complex ideas like behavioral economics and performance prediction. Now, the renowned storyteller and best-selling author of Blink and The Tipping Point is teaching his first online writing class. Craft stories that captivate by learning how Malcolm researches topics, crafts characters, and distills big ideas into simple, powerful narratives.

Syllabus

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1. Introduction
2. Structuring Narrative: The Imperfect Puzzle
3. Holding Readers: Tools for Engagement
4. Holding Readers: Controlling Information
5. Research
6. Selecting the Story
7. Developing the Story
8. Developing the Story: Analogous Worlds
9. Interviewing
10. Characters: Descriptions
11. Characters: World Building
12. Character Case Study: "The Pitchman"
13. Structuring Language
14. Jargon
15. Tone and Voice
16. Humor and Melancholy
17. Case Study: Language and Emotion in "Something Borrowed"
18. Titles
19. Drafts and Revisions
20. When Your Story Enters the World
21. Working as a Writer
22. How to Read
23. Who to Read
24. Conclusion: A Theory of Other Minds

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Malcolm Gladwell

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