What you’ll be doing over the two years
You’ll work with international writers or Italian authors living abroad. You’ll get the sensation of being immersed in a vast landscape: you might have lessons with a Romanian writer one week, and the next you’ll be working with a story editor from the BBC or an American producer.
You’ll follow a path with two main strands – narrative and cinema, but there will be many forays down side paths, especially during the first year: poetry, oral storytelling and body language, drama, documentary, essay writing, journalism, TV series and a focus on particular genres.
You’ll begin writing a lot from day one, even if at first you don’t know which direction you want to take. Don’t worry, it’s all part of the teaching strategy. During the second year some narrative areas will be dropped and others will be introduced – ab initio, or building on what you already know. This will be preparation for the Opening Doors project at the end of the two years.
Practice will overtake theory, and in addition to working on your copy you’ll also learn how to analyse what your classmates write in order to sharpen your critical sensitivity and editing skills. There will be cinema and documentary workshops, for which the class will form a crew, a newsroom or a screenplay writing room, depending on the particular project you’re working on and helping each other with.
The teacher and the College coordinator will follow your stories very closely, even during the months when you’re not at Holden.
Each year is divided into three terms – from October to December you’ll be in Turin, from January to March you’ll do your classes online, and then we’ll meet up again in March through to June.
The leading teacher in 2021-23 is the writer and screenwriter Stephen Amidon.