Short-Term Joint Staff Training Events

The course entitled “An Interactive Course in Narratology and Creativity” starts from the idea that the present European values are not necessarily this epoch`s creation. For example, if reinterpreted, the Romanian tale “The Story of Harap-Alb” speaks about diversity, generosity, tolerance, mutual acceptance, human rights, freedom, social and biological identity. At first sight, tales seem to be separated from reality, as readers encounter on their territory supernatural characters and unbelievable events. In fact, specialists proved that most tales have a very solid anthropological ground, which states that connection with reality is even stronger than in case of other literary species. Therefore, the training course is meant to provide reinterpretation keys to easily depict real life situations from the avalanche of fantastic appearances that tales provide.

Highly absorbent of the ethic and ethnic values of their native territory, tales are, at the same time, based on a stereotypical construction of the subject, which means that they present many similarities, no matter where they were written. Many researchers as T. Todorov or V.I. Propp concluded that most tales follow a narrative pattern based on four epical sequences. Furthermore, this literary species contains the most frequent stereotype elements (literary theme and motives, functions, narrative patterns, specific formulas, standard construction techniques) that are going to be used during the course as theoretical starting points for participants to practise tale-writing on a given framework, always keeping in mind that the events should encode one/more European values.

The training course has two main sections: an expositive one, meant to introduce the necessary theoretical background on tales, and an interactive literary workshop where participants learn how to write a tale.

Objectives:

  • learning about tales;
  • developing reading strategies;
  • interpreting and re-interpreting tales;
  • learning the steps of writing a modern tale.

Details of the activity:

  • The training course is named “An Interactive Course in Narratology and Creativity” and it has the objective to maximise the impact on each participating organisation.
  • The teachers in the project team stated that they use different ways in analysing tales and that there are different types of tales. So, we decided to organise a training course where they should learn about the tales: framework, rules/laws, language, how to write a modern tale.
  • All these things will raise the quality of our final result. Furthermore, they will use the techniques of telling and writing tales that they have learned in their classrooms after the project life.

The course elaborated by a Literature teacher, is meant to provide both a theoretical and practical approach to the concept of “TALE”, as a literary species. The participants, teachers, will learn about most important structural elements regarding tales, such as: framework, theme, literary motifs, narrative pattern, typical formulas, vision about existence etc. At the same time, they will be taught how to analyse a tale from many perspectives, including a contemporary one. Starting from the Romanian tale, “The Story of Harap-Alb”, used as an example, the participants will learn to discover in “old”, traditional stories the present values of our society: tolerance, honesty, kindness, empathy, diversity, acceptance.

The course will provide practical approaches meant to stimulate creativity and interpretative skills, teaching teachers how to create a new tale starting from a given narrative scene, encoding, at the same time, a European authentic value.

In turn, teachers will teach their own students how to work on the activities in order to fulfil the tasks of the project: interpreting a national traditional tale from a contemporary point of view and creating a new tale, significant for the values meant to respect and to improve day-to-day life.

By doing so, they will also stimulate their students’ interest in reading as they realise that an “old” text can be updated using the reader’s hermeneutic skills. Furthermore, students will enrich their creativity and imaginative skills while conceiving the new tale that speaks about them and the real world they live in. It also needs mentioning the fact that, during the process, students become much more aware of the profile of their world, accurately perceiving its advantages and disadvantages.

The training course brings value to our project, improving the students’ performance in the classroom.

Methodological recommendations:

  • Adopt an inductive method, which allows learning theory through experience
  • Suggest simulations, role-playing, observation activities.