Tell Me A Story

Instructor:  Eddie Adelman

  • Thursday, August 1, 2019
  • 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • 45 Minute lunch break

As children we all spoke the words, “Tell Me a Story.” In this class, we’ll pull back the curtain to discover what makes a great novel, memoir, play, or movie. Why does Hamlet still captivate us 400 years later? Why is Hannibal Lector the greatest screen villain ever? Why do we see ourselves in the young Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird? Why is The Hobbit’s Bilbo Baggins a prime example of a journeying hero? 

Using film clips from “Casablanca,” “The Graduate,” and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” we’ll explore various facets of storytelling such as character, dialogue, story design, a sense of place, comedy, suspense, the hero’s journey, hateful villains, and unforgettable endings. We will also use excerpts from novels and memoirs, as well as story songs by Judy Collins, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and The Beatles. But understand, this is not a “how to” writing class. Non-writers will be just as fascinated and entertained as writers. There will be a 45 minute lunch break.

Eddie Adelman has been a fiction writer for over 20 years, mostly plays, screenplays, and short fiction. A sitcom written in 2005 about life in Mid-Coast Maine was optioned by NBC. One of his one-act plays was a finalist in the Maine Playwrights Festival at the Portland Stage Company and was performed this spring. He has taught memoir writing at libraries throughout the state, was a humor columnist for the Portland Press Herald, and a semi-regular essayist for Maine Public Radio.