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YOUTH: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Club with Zac Ginsburg


Over the course of  six weeks, youth students will generate science fiction and fantasy pieces and workshop them with the help of their peers.

Start Date

August 18

Class Times

5:00pm-6:00pm CT

Day(s) of the Week



Zoom (online)






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Do you want to create your own magical world similar to Children of Blood and Bone or Lord of the Rings? Does the futuristic technology in Ender’s Game inspire you to write your own sci-fi novel? If so, you belong in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writing Club!

Over the course of six weeks, students will generate science fiction and fantasy pieces and workshop them with the help of their peers. They will learn the differences between the genres and read the works of notable authors. Our adventure will culminate in a showcase where students will have the opportunity to read their works aloud.

Each class will be held from 5-6p.m. Central Time on Thursdays, and the course will run from August 18th through September 22nd. Short readings or writing exercises may be assigned between classes.

Open to students in Grades 7-11

Structure of the course:

  • Mentor Readings: Students will read at least one piece of published creative work each class and discuss how it relates to craft and genre. 
  • Writing: Writing prompts will spark imagination, help break through blocks, and encourage new heights of creativity. After each class, Zac will have students send their work to him, and he will read, make comments, and return the work with feedback by the following class.
  • Workshopping: Students will share work and give feedback on what’s working well and what opportunities they can find in each piece. We’ll talk about where we can extend scenes and dialogue to push the narrative, how word choice can affect the piece as a whole, how to enhance the science fiction or fantasy elements, and how writers can find—and trust—their own amazing original voice. 
  • Showcase: Campers will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform their written work via Zoom. A link can be shared with friends and family members from around the globe; anyone who wants to tune in is welcome.

Authors the course will reference may include: Tomi Adeyemi, J. R. R. Tolkien, Orson Scott Card, Marissa Meyer, Ray Bradbury, Nnedi Okorafor, Ursula K. Le Guin, J.K. Rowling, Neal Shusterman, and Cherie Dimaline.

About Zachary Ginsburg

Zac Ginsburg is a writer and teacher from Chicago and a graduate of the Creative Writing MFA Program at The New School in New York. He is a former student at StoryStudio and has read in the Student & Instructor Reading at The Book Cellar. He enjoys helping young writers develop their skills and discover new sources of inspiration. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Adroit Journal, WIRED, Public Seminar, The Corvus Review, and The Writing Disorder.