Every book has a structure – but what if you were to represent it as a physical object?When we read a novel, a short story or a work of non-fiction, there is often a moment when we have the feeling that we have entered a structure built, knowingly or unknowingly, by the writer. I am not talking about the ability to picture in our minds the locations or architectural settings described in the text, but, rather, the sense of being immersed in a space designed by someone else.At a course called the Laboratory of Literary Architecture, which I teach at the Scuola Holden, a creative writing school in Turin, and also, this past term, at Columbia University School of the Arts in New York, I encourage the students to find – or, rather, extract – and then physically build the literary architecture of a text.How does it work? Each student brings to class a novel, a story or an essay whose inner workings he or she knows intimately. We start with the story, the plot, the subject or simply a feeling that the student has about the text. We break it down into its most basic elements and analyse the …read more

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