Do you want to create your own magical world similar to Lord of the Rings or Children of Blood and Bone? Does the futuristic technology in Ender’s Game inspire you to write your own sci-fi novel? If so, this creative writing summer camp is for you!
Over the course of one week, writers will generate their own 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 celebration where writers will have the opportunity to read their works aloud.
Authors the course will reference may include: J. R. R. Tolkien, Tomi Adeyemi, J. K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, Nnedi Okorafor, Neal Shusterman, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Marissa Meyer.
Structure of the course:
- Mentor Readings: Students will read a piece of published creative work and discuss it each day as craft discussion.
- Writing: Writing prompts will spark imagination, help break through blocks, and encourage new heights of creativity. Each day, Zac will have students send their work to him and he will read, make comments, and return the work with feedback the following day.
- Workshopping: Students will share their work and give feedback on what’s working well and what opportunities we can find in each piece. We’ll talk about how to bring out elements of the sci-fi and fantasy genres, where we can extend scenes and dialogue to push the narrative, how to spice up language, 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.
Timeline and Breakdown
- 10am: 30 minutes – Writing Exercises
5 minute break
- 10:35am: 40 minutes – Reading Mentor Texts and Discussing Craft
5 minute break
- 11:20am: 40 minutes – Working on Longer Pieces and Writing Games
- 12:00pm: END