Check out BBC’s new six-hour masterclass in storytelling by Alan Moore

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One thing I appreciate about Alan Moore is that he always finds new ways to surprise. He certainly never struck me as the sort of guy who would team up with the BBC to teach a writing course, for example – but here are!

This creative writing course comes from the endlessly imaginative bestseller, Alan Moore. His writing straddles the genre with comics like From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Swamp Thing, and modern literary classics including Jerusalem, a 1,266-page experimental epic novel that spans centuries and kingdoms in its home town of Northampton.

It is on Time’s 100 best novels list and has won numerous awards leading to cult and legendary status and critical acclaim. Every piece of wisdom that comes from Alan’s mouth will make you think in a new way.

Moore’s $90 BBC Master The masterclass includes 33 lessons on storytelling over approximately six hours, including “Writing as Enchantment”, “Language as Technology” and a section on the four weapons of coins, sword, cup and wand. It sounds very Alan Moore, in a surprisingly appealing way.

Here’s more from the Magician of Northampton himself:

I would like to welcome you, as an aspiring writer, to this extremely important and timeless human tradition where you will be in a chain of people going back through the ages – shamans, magicians, above all writers – who have so actually shape the development of human history and human history. You can be part of this wonderful tradition and play your own part, however small, in this wonderful enterprise of expanding the things humans can do, say, accomplish, and most importantly, the number of ways in which they can talk about this stuff.

Alan Moore: narration [BBC Maestro]

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