Do you want to create your own magical world similar to Children of Blood and Bone or Harry Potter? 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 eight 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 party where students will have the opportunity to read their works aloud.
Each class will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Central Time on Saturdays, and the course will run from August 21st through October 9th. 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.
DAILY TIMELINE & BREAKDOWNS
- 10am: 10 minutes – Warm-up writing exercise
- 10:10am: 30 minutes – Writing exercises that focus on genre and craft
- 10:45am: 30 minutes – Reading notable authors and discussing craft
- 11:20am: 30 minutes – Writing exercises based on the reading / time for working on a longer piece
- 11:50am: 10 minutes – Community share out
- 12:00pm: END
Authors the course will reference may include: Ray Bradbury, Nnedi Okorafor, Orson Scott Card, Ursula K. Le Guin, J.K. Rowling, Tomi Adeyemi, George MacDonald, J. R. R. Tolkien, Ann Aguirre, Renée Ahdieh
(Novels will be excerpted)
“All Summer in A Day” by Ray Bradbury
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
“The Gray Wolf” by George MacDonald
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
“Wild Magic” by Ann Aguirre
“The Blood of Imuriv” by Renée Ahdieh