27928 - Laboratory (1) (LM) (G.D)

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Italian Studies, European Literary Cultures, Linguistics (cod. 9220)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the laboratory, the student is able to organize and collect complex information in a coherent form, and to apply critical analysis methodologies on linguistic sciences. Can identify a research problem relevant to philological research and can identify and use appropriately the sources of information necessary to address it.

Course contents

Creative writing workshop with interventions by narrators and poets. Part of the 15 meetings will be of theoretical explanation and classroom exercises starting from author's passages read and commented on by the teacher and reading in class of exercises done at home by the students; a part will be dedicated to meetings-interviews with authors / authors, conducted both by the teacher and by the students.

The meetings will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays (5-7pm) starting from 10 November and ending on 18 December.

Attendance, with active participation, of at least 75% of the lessons is compulsory, that is 10 out of 15 meetings. At the end of the workshop there is a test of creative writing, to be agreed with the teacher.

To register, you must send an email to the teacher (nicola.bonazzi3@unibo.it). There are 28 places available.

The meetings with the authors must be preceded by the reading of the text which will be discussed in the room (at least 3 out of 5).

The calendar of meetings, having been organized in synergy with the Seminar with writers of the Bachelor's Degree in Literature of prof. Andrea Severi, foresees some meetings “shared class” outside the scheduled times or days. This is the defintive program of the meetings:

17 nov. ore 17-19 Enrico Palandri, Sette finestre

20 nov. 13-15 Guido Conti, La siccità (Aula 2)

27 nov 17-19 Martha Cooley, L’archivista

1 dic 13-15 Eleonora Mazzoni, Il cuore è un guazzabuglio (Aula 2)

4 dic 17-19 Veronica Raimo, Niente di vero

7 dic 17-19 Jumpha Lahiri (Gian Mario Anselmi), In altre parole (Aula Forti)

15 dic 17-19 Michele Mellara, Sociopatici in cerca d’affetto


Books presented during the workshop (meetings with the authors)

  1. Martha Cooley, L’archivista, Guanda, 2002;
  2. Guido Conti, Siccità, Bompiani, 2023;
  3. Jhumpa Lahiri, In altre parole, Guanda, 2015
  4. Eleonora Mazzoni, Il cuore è un guazzabuglio, Einaudi, 2022;
  5. Michele Mellara, Sociopatici in cerca d’affetto, Bollati Boringhieri, 2023;
  6. Enrico Palandri, Sette finestre, Bompiani, 2023.
  7. Veronica Raimo, Niente di vero, Einaudi, 2022.

On creative writing

These are reading recommendations and not volumes prescribed for the laboratory

A particularly recommended book:

A carte scoperte. Come lavorano le scrittrici e gli scrittori contemporanei, un progetto a cura di P. Italia e del Master in Editoria cartacea e digitale dell'Università di Bologna, Bononia University Press, 2021

Recommended books:

V. Woolf, Consigli a un aspirante scrittore, edited by R. Bertinetti, Milano, Bur, 2012;

A. Gide, Consigli a un giovane scrittore, Milano, Luni, 2021 

R. Carver, Il mestiere di scrivere. Esercizi, lezioni, saggi di scrittura creativa, Torino, Einaudi, 2015 

Panta. Scrittura creativa. La scrittura creativa raccontata dagli scrittori che la insegnano, edited by L. Lepri, Milano, Bompiani, 2008

A. Cilento, La caffettiera di carta. Inventare, trasfigurare, narrare: un manuale di lettura e scrittura creativa, Milano, Bompiani, 2021

S. Bedini, Scrittori sulla scrittura. Guida di scrittura creativa attraverso grandi autori, Bologna, Odoya, 2020

Teaching methods

Frontal lesson with ppt, discussion on the proposed texts, creative writing tests in class, reading and commenting on the texts produced at home by the students.

Assessment methods

Final written test, to be carried out at home, and then discussed with the teacher. The laboratory does not foresee a grade, but an eligibility. It is considered suitable if the paper delivered to the teacher at the end of the course does not contain formal errors and demonstrates that the student has received and knew how to re-elaborate the contents of the lessons in a personal way.

Teaching tools

Projection of ppt.

Office hours

See the website of Nicola Bonazzi


Quality education

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.