Writing Through To Kill a Mockingbird
Author and professor Jonathan Rogers of Grammar for Writers demonstrates how good reading can produce writing with powerful symbolism and memorable characters from Harper Lee’s enduring classic.
Part of the new Creative Writing with Jonathan Rogers series. This product is only available in a streaming digital format.
about 24 minutes
6 hrs and 57 minutes
Supplemental Writing Exercises
- First-Person Narration (28:48)
- In-Scene, Out-of-Scene (19:02)
- Mannerisms and Manners (26:22)
- Pacing (29:21)
- Convincing Description (18:40)
- Symbolism (23:20)
- Tim Johnson, Part 1 (31:28)
- Tim Johnson, Part 2 (21:14)
- Engaging the Reader’s Judgment (21:44)
- Revealing Gestures (25:31)
- The Ewells (31:11)
- Dialogue as Action (25:40)
- Showing and Telling in the Courtroom (22:13)
- Manners (Again) (24:27)
- Big Ideas (16:49)
- Seeing from the Character’s Perspective (27:04)
- Reality as a Source of Fiction (24:44)
Writing Exercise #1
This is a two-part exercise about first-person point of view:
- Pick a familiar fairytale or folktale and retell it in first person from the point of view one of the characters.
- Then tell the same story again, in first person from the point of view of another character.
Writing Exercise #2
Skim two chapters of To Kill a Mockingbird and note every place where Harper Lee shifts from writing in-scene to writing out-of-scene, or vice versa.
Now go back to the out-of-scene sections. What does Harper Lee accomplish by pulling out of scene? Some of the possibilities from the video lesson include:
- Providing exposition or background information
- Conveying necessary information
- Moving the story along or skipping ahead
- Establishing tone and voice
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