Holden Atlas Instructions for use: How to find your way in our strange world
Holden Atlas2020-09-15T12:36:08+02:00

What is Scuola Holden? What do we do here?

The Holden was founded twenty five years ago and started from an idea that seemed a bit risky, even in those days.

The idea was to create a school where not even the poster boy for student restlessness – Holden Caulfield – would be bored or expelled.

Why exactly? We wanted to teach something that captivates even the roughest among us – stories. How they work, where they come from, where to find them and how new ones can be told.

The teaching method also had to be special, in order to maintain the principles that keep us hooked on a good story; how they make us laugh and cry or even knock us off our feet.

Have we managed to fulfill that twenty five year old promise? We certainly believe so, but as always it comes down to the paying public to decide if the show was worth it.

Many things happen at the Holden every day, for many different people and in many different ways. Below are a few pointers to help you decide which parts of the school would suit you best, and also how to easily navigate the site.

I have finished high school and started university. I have tried lots of different things but still feel that I haven’t found the right one. Is there a path here for me?2020-07-08T23:07:53+02:00

Well how about this: Original is a two year, full time course that is designed for students aged 18 to 30 who would like to make a career out of narration. The different paths in this case are collectively called College and are each focused on a separate storytelling area. Not to say that you can only do one, in the two years you will cross paths many times with the others and experiment with diverse methods; from cinema to comics and radio podcasts to traditional written narrative.

A one off course, Crazy Original, will run from 2020/2021. It will last one year with no age limit and is a condensed version of all the best things that you can learn here at the school. Everything is explained here.

I want to enrol on a university course. But is there something similar at the Holden?2020-07-08T23:09:57+02:00

Yes. We inaugurated Academy in 2019; it lasts for three years and graduates earn a degree that is of equivalent value to a three year course at Dams.

Academy is in fact the only place in Italy where you can graduate in writing: here you will study all the techniques that go with such a profession and relate to the seven Disciplines – seven fundamental abilities that, we believe, are vital for living in today’s world. Read everything you need to know here.

What if I’d like to do a long course but I’m over 30 and I cannot move to Turin?2020-07-08T23:11:48+02:00

If you’ve never lost your passion for stories or you would simply like to develop your existing style for work then you can choose Over 30.

The course lasts for eight weekends and is spread over an eight month period (approximately October-May or May-December). As with the other courses, you can choose a College path to spend most of your time on. During this period however you can divert from your main class onto Tracks, a series of shorter courses that focus on other writing techniques. To find out more, click here.

I would like to develop my passion for stories but I don’t have a great deal of time.2020-07-08T23:14:03+02:00

Then the WonderLabs would be right up your street; a series of short courses on particular techniques that can be done during the evening or weekend: script, poetry, short story, songwriting, advertising and journalism.

These courses are run both here in Turin or online. We also do courses around Italy so all you have to do is choose what, where and when to study.

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