Off Track Lessons

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You’re in College Scrivere and you’re learning to use a 3D printer? You’re attending Digital storytelling and they’re teaching you to read out loud?

Don’t worry, you didn’t get the wrong room, you’re at a “Off Track” Lesson!

These courses take you to unexpected directions, out of the reassuring world of your College. They help you see further (plus you need to do some hard work too). So, get your backpack on and keep your eyes open!


Going off track isn’t optional. It’s an important part of your studying path and a long-standing landmark of the school. You are going to go off track with your classmates otherwise you might get lost, and you’re also going meet some new people there. So take the chance to chat!


Holden Crafts are lessons in which you are going to be taught how to make an object. You are going to learn how to take measurements, choose shapes and symmetries and take apart and put back together what you have made several times, in a traditional way, using your own hands.

Why? Because if you want to be able to build characters and intersections – intangible parts and outlines of a story – you first have to challenge yourself with concrete things. If you do not usually deal with the physical world that surrounds you (objects, nature, even your own body), you risk diminishing your sensitivity. Simply put, you will not be trained enough to be aware of a wide range of details, feelings and undertones. That is why we often write “lopsided” texts or stories that just “don’t add up”. You are going to need what you learn during Holden Crafts where you will be called upon to take these same steps to elaborate work in your own mind’s eye.


Some examples:


Cartografie (Cartographies) are courses designed to broaden your horizons and, at the same time, to get your bearings (or get lost) among the infinite possibilities in storytelling. These courses map narrative territories that are close to your College. You are going to need them to understand the different ways you can reflect your talent.

Why? First, because a good storyteller has to be able to go beyond their own limits. Second, because narrative territories are so vast that it would be a pity to always look out over the same scene.

Some examples:


We invented Curricula to give you more means to confront the work marketplace (or simply to improve your skills and turn yourself into an independent writer). Curriculums are short technical courses to add more practical knowledge to your personal toolbox and to add expertise to your CV.

Here are a few examples: create a blog (can you use WordPress?) or an advertising campaign (are you quite good at Photoshop?), or you may have to deal with a company’s advertising (ever heard of a press release?).

Some examples:


Bon voyage!