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Constructing Fictional Worlds

Date: 7/30/18 – 8/3/18

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Day of the Week: Monday;Tuesday;Wednesday;Thursday;Friday

Time: 9:00 - 12:00 pm

Ages: 12-14

Class Level: 12-14

Genre: Fiction

• Regular: $262.50
• Member: $236.25
• Low-Income: $183.75

Wizards and witches live among us. Animals talk to each other. It's the year 2060, and humans are living on the moon. Have you ever wondered how your favorite writers can transport you from your living room into a completely different world? Do you have an imaginary world in your head that you're itching to share with others?

In this class, students will learn how to build fictional worlds from the ground up. They will study techniques that other writers have used, and concentrate on building our own fictional worlds, as well. How is the craft of describing a fantastical world different from describing a realistic world? How much time should we spend "world-building" and how much time should we spend on the plot of the story?

Students will learn and practice techniques for dealing with these and other issues. We will do in-class games and writing exercises, share our writing with one another, read excerpts from books (Harry Potter; Percy Jackson; The Hunger Games; The Lord of the Rings, etc.), and practice supporting each other's writing goals. This class will focus on writing science fiction and fantasy, but anyone interested in practicing their fiction writing is welcome!