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Adventures in British Literature


Why Does Fiction Matter?

In this one-time English class, we’ll look at what literature is and, more importantly, what it can do, helping students understand the value of reading and writing fiction.
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90 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will understand the value of fiction.
Students will make connections between literature and their lives. 
Students will compare and contrast intuition and critical analysis, and will be able to articulate the ways in which literature helps us develop both.
As an award-winning novelist with a PhD in comparative literature, I have professional experience with both reading and writing fiction. I've taught literature, culture, and writing courses in a university setting, which has helped me develop my skills in taking my expertise and putting it in terms that are accessible to students. I also have an M.Div. and have worked as a counselor in both the military and in hospitals, so I am trained to guide people through discussions on potentially sensitive topics.
No supplies are needed.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
This class intends to demonstrate that fiction is an essential tool for living life, and sometimes life includes trauma. We won't dwell on the trauma, but we will acknowledge its weight and talk about the ways in which fiction can help us process experiences of all kinds. 


Ciahnan Darrell, PhD
Lives in the United States
Award-winning novelist and former university professor
2 completed classes

About Me

1. I teach classes on Africa, literature, and creative writing that focus heavily on issues pertaining to social justice. 

2. I hold a PhD in comparative literature, and Masters degrees in divinity and philosophy. I taught at various colleges for... 
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