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Alan Moore teaches BBC Maestro’s latest course

Step into the inimitable and encyclopedic mind of ‘one of the most significant fiction writers in English’ and discover the art of storytelling. Alan Moore’s BBC Maestro writing course offers a rare opportunity to learn from a true titan of the industry who has worked across a wealth of genres and media. Storytelling shares unfiltered advice and unique insight from a true writing purist who values art, writing and story over everything else. Delve into Moore’s personal writing journey and learn how, after 40 years, he continues to inspire his own imagination. Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, The Ballad of Halo Jones, Swamp Thing, Batman: The Killing Joke, Lost Girls, Providence and From Hell) is one of the world’s greatest living writers and has received 8 Eisner Awards, 6 Harvey Awards, and 3 National Comics Awards.

While a blank page can be daunting for the aspiring and established alike, Moore arms viewers with the four weapons needed to become a better writer. The multifaceted skill of storytelling is examined through his creative lens and presented through six distinct parts: Origins, Language, Story, Cast and Setting, A Variety of Forms, and Progressive Writing. Fans of Moore’s prolific backlist will delight in his lessons dedicated to Comic Cuts, Character, and Inventive Language. For those seeking to broaden their skillset to include cross-genre techniques and a deeper understanding of character creation, Moore’s lessons also offer expert advice on texture, biographical research, and unreliable narrators.

“Storytelling, and writing, is not one discipline. It’s thirty or forty separate subjects all in one horrifying collision. You will have to learn about character, stories and landscapes, how to present place and period, how to inspire your imagination and then order it into a coherent plot. These and dozens of other things are what I hope to be teaching you in this course.”

Spanning over 6 hours, Storytelling explores the irresistible idea that writing is for everyone and, as Moore notes, “not just for me and people with my amazing haircut.” Advice on how to read with an analytical eye and develop a unique worldview quickly builds and grows into a sprawling celebration of everything storytelling has to offer. Moore explores last line reveals, how word play can spark synapses, both timing and time travel, and the all-important question of who would win in a fight between Hemingway and Baudelaire.

Storytelling is the latest addition to BBC Maestro’s list of online writing courses and is the ideal supplement to any writer’s toolkit. It consists of 33 lessons and is designed for viewers to learn at their own pace. Moore’s lessons are accompanied by extensive course notes filled with his own musings, reading recommendations, and practical exercises to help sharpen individual storytelling skills. Storytelling will help viewers understand the importance of omnivorous reading, training their ‘literary ear’, and handing the pen to their own characters.

“You should remember that a writer can change the world. Think of the books that have completely changed human history. See yourself in that light. Because if you are a writer, then you are having an effect upon human history. And the entirety of the human future.”

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