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This is for Professor Hara. I had no idea where to post this, so I figured that this place would be as good as any! If you are anyone besides Professor Hara, please ignore this.

If you are Professor Hara, let me know if I need to format or include links and such, or anything else you might need – comments you might have – for what I’m supposed to write! I’m more than happy to tinker with this if you’d like me to.

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The idea for Writers’ Bloc started from my viewing of the webseries Extra Credits. This series, which deals with exploring video games from a developer’s point of view, opens an intellectual discourse about video games that the average player doesn’t see, making the information not only accessible, but also making their presentations highly informative, and also simplistic to understand. I wished to do something similar, although I knew that if I wanted to present a topic in the same intellectual and professional manner as Extra Credits did, I would need to choose a subject that I knew well. Being a lifelong novelist, the creation of Writers’ Bloc was quite simple.

Writers’ Bloc is very minimalistic by design. My team of writers on The Bloc take issues pertinent in the fields of creative writing, discuss them amongst ourselves, and boil them down to their major points. Through this communal discourse, we can compact all the fancy-pants academic jargon taught in creative writing classrooms into easily understood concepts. To aid in understanding – and to help keep the viewer entertained – we provide images that focus on visual puns and ironic counterpoint. Furthermore, due to our short timeframe for videos, we won’t bore the viewer to death with a droning lecture that regurgitates information. The goal is to teach the widest range of writers possible the same material that is being taught at the collegiate level of creative writing. The inherent mores behind these videos are freedom of information and ease of accessibility. It’s a shame that hundreds of creative people are barred from learning like a professional academic due to economic woes and life constraints. The skills of creative writing should be taught to everyone, not the lucky minority. So our goal is to make the knowledge of novelists accessible to as many people as possible.

The true question is: how is this important in the classroom, for students and for professors? Given our casual format, but our advanced discourse, we are able to discuss the same things any creative writing and English class can, while still remaining fun and lighthearted. We embrace YouTube, internet culture, social media, which directly appeals to those whom are likely in the classroom (as of 21 October, our average demographics for viewership is ages 15-25, and we have only just begun receiving data). Those involved in Writers’ Bloc are between the ages of 18-23, and we are novelists ourselves (except for our artist), so we are trained in content creation, and we’re essentially talking to our peers as fellow students of writing.

Our short videos can be streamed in a classroom setting, and open up a broader discourse on the topics we discuss to a classroom of students. And of course, our opinions – like all artistic opinions – are subjective, and allow for open debate, which we applaud as healthy. We interact directly with our viewers, and also field all our viewers – students and teachers alike – for potential topics to discuss. Essentially, we host a lecture for anyone interested in listening, which can allow a perfect diving board for teachers and professors into deeper discussions they wish to hold themselves.

 

Linklog:

Extra Credits – http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/show/extra-credits
Writers’ Bloc – http://writers-bloc.tumblr.com
Twitter Р@_writersbloc  | http://twitter.com/_writersbloc
First video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOw_Zxuq0UM
All Videos – http://writers-bloc.tumblr.com/tagged/videos
Email – chris.writersbloc@gmail.com

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Written by Chris Fox

21 October, 2011 at 23:36

Posted in Superfluous

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