Jul 28 2015, 10:42am
In September, we are starting a "read-through" of The Two Towers (Boook III). Each week from 13 September to 22 November we'll discuss a chapter. We need 'Chapter leaders' . As chapter leader, your job is to:
**Two Towers read-through - schedule and volunteers needed: could you (yes, YOU :) ) lead a chapter?
* Read the chapter
* At the start of your week, write one or more posts about it, in order to get the discussion started.
* Take part in the discussion
That's basically it - it's up to the chapter leader to start the discussion in the way he or she feels comfortable with, and thinks is best. For example, some chapter leaders decide to break a chapter down into parts, starting each part with a new post. But others do it on one post. There's no one 'right way'.
You don't need to be an expert on this chapter (or on anything else) - if you've read the chapter & can make a few comments, you're good. Comment can most certainly be about your personal reactions to the chapter: they really don't have to be (for example) ultra-learned literately criticism. Being very learned is entirely optional.
You don't have to research or write a lot. In fact some feedback from our last read-through was that long initial posts could be a problem: some folks were instantly faced with more than they had time to read, & so couldn't join the discussion. Long initial posts also risk making chapter-leading look like it must always be a lot of scholarly work, which we worry will deter volunteers from coming forward in future. So shorter starter posts are definitely welcome (you can always lob further ideas into the discussion as it proceeds).
You don't have to have led chapters before In fact, it would be great to have new leaders, and their fresh perspectives. Also, Book II seemed to me to rely a little worryingly on 'the usual suspects' When fewer people are doing more, it always looks like things are becoming unsustainable.
Here is the schedule. Some chapters are already 'taken' (thanks for that), but there are plenty left. Please feel free to volunteer, or to comment or ask questions by replying to this thread. You can send me a private message if you prefer. But quite likely whatever you want to ask is what someone else is wondering - so post publicly if you feel you can.).
week beginning # Chapter # Chapter name # leader
13-Sep-15 # I # The Departure of Boromir # MirielCelebel
20-Sep-15 # II # The Riders of Rohan # Brethil
27-Sep-15 # III # The Uruk-hai # cats16
04-Oct-15 # IV # Treebeard # Mikah
11-Oct-15 # V # The White Rider # Entwife Wandlimb
18-Oct-15 # VI # The King of the Golden Hall # squire
25-Oct-15 # VII # Helm's Deep # arithmancer
01-Nov-15 # VIII # The Road to Isengard #
08-Nov-15 # IX # Flotsam and Jetsam #
15-Nov-15 # X # The Voice of Saruman # jochenkeen
22-Nov-15 # XI # The Palantir #
I'm eager to fill all 11 slots - but of course it's most pressing to find leaders for the early chapters.
I'd also be happy to hear from anyone who is willing to be 'on the bench' - that is willing to be contacted & asked to lead a chapter at short notice if one of the chapter leaders has to withdraw (e.g. because of a personal emergency).
"nowimë I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"
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(This post was edited by entmaiden on Sep 14 2015, 1:20pm)