Literary License Without Limits

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Literary License Without Limits is a class offered by Duke TiP. It focuses on writing styles and famous writing works.

It is offered at Duke East.

Duke East

2013, Term 2

In 2013, instructor Nick Otten taught Literary License Without Limits (LLWOL) at Duke West along with TA Hanna Humphries. Many in the class found it to be the best year of TiP said person had ever experienced. One of the many highlights was taking the bus all the way to the arboretum, only to promptly turn around and go right back because of rain.


"Plip, plop. Drip, drop. Dead." -Amanda McDougall

"I can't hear you over the sound of Laird's breathing." -Allie Mills

"Laaaairrrdd" (said upon Laird's late arrival to class, which occured frequently). -Everyone. Ever.

"Meow meow meow meow meow meow." -Various

"Interesting, but I completely disagree with you." -Nick Otten

"Which one shall I name Fred?/Can I be a twig?" -Eena Sharma

"Moby Dick is f•••ing fly!" -Guest Speaker

2018, Term 1

Will Will Smith Smith? Will Smith Will Smith

In 2018, instructor Margaret Brandl (aka Meg) taught Literary License Without Limits, aka "L3" or "Lit Lic" at Duke East along with TA Joshua Whithead. The class delved into poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, and was filled with incredibly intelligent, creative, outstanding writers (especially Lily Shytle, she's too good at everything). Some of the very many iconic quotes include:

"I am a giraffe." -John Penry (this led to a "giraffe" being added to the class shirt)

"Yee yeet litty boy!" -Brooke Huffman

"Who did the yeetster? Because I did the gay." -Braden Borbely

"What does 'Bet' mean?" -Meg

Abi- Most likely to be silently judging everyone

Abbi- Most likely to be confused with Abbi

Austin (Yustin)- Most likely to be a surfer dude

Braden- Most likely to be a Duke Dad (2019 holder of Squiggles Leprechan Lastname

Brooke- Most likely to be an icon (2019 holder of the Moonscream and the Pastorship)

Garrick- Most likely to have a satisfying sounding keyboard (2019 Blazemaster and holder of the Shazam Hat

Hannah B- Most likely to leave you in suspense

Hannah C- Most likely to turn in 100 pages for a workshop

John- Most likely to be blasting the Beatles all day (2019 holder of the Dream Team Disc)

Judy- Most likely to be the mom friend

Juliana- Most likely to be Markus Zusak

Kate- Most likely to become an editor

Lily- Most likely to have a Diet Coke in hand (2018 holder of Squiggles Leprechan Lastname

Natalie- Most likely to break a reader's heart

Ruhee- Mlst likely to get the reader attached to the characters

Sam: Most likely to be seen playing frisbee (2019 holder of the Watercolors Disc

Valerie: Most likely to run out of syllables in a haiku...cheese

Victoria: Most likely to make you shiver in antici...pation

Meg (Teacher): Most likely to get a Sailor Moon-esque novella published

Joshua (TA): Most likely to painstakingly center a giraffe on a shirt