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Camp: Magical Worlds: Creating the Realms Where Stories Take Place (Ages 8-11)

My Magical Worlds class in a one week camp: Create exciting new magic systems, believable fantasy worlds, realistic space travel, and the culture and people who live in those worlds.
Annie Downer, MFA
102 total reviews for this teacher
7 reviews for this class
Completed by 25 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
5x per week
over 1 week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will learn how to create believable made-up worlds and why world-building is so important to story development. They will also have a lot of fun creating their own made-up world, whether to use in a story or just for fun.
In all my creative writing classes, the main goal is for students to learn confidence in their own writing and to enjoy writing creatively.
I have been writing stories since I was four, including fantasy and science fiction. I have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults and have taught creative writing at the middle school level. I maintain involvement in the writing community through critique groups, writers’ forums (including one on speculative fiction), conferences, etc. I love giving students opportunities to practice, explore, and learn creative writing.
Each class will have a worksheet of questions students can ask about their worlds. This is an optional resource students can use to help in developing their worlds. Time outside class depends on how much time the student wants to spend in creating the world.
For the final class, students are encouraged to make a short (1-5 minute) presentation of the world they created. This will be informal and could just be the students taking turns telling us about their worlds.
Paper and a writing utensil or a computer for in-class writing exercises. Drawing utensils and a drawing pad (for creating world maps, drawing clothing, etc.). Handouts will be supplied on a class-by-class basis.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
4 hours 35 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
I will guide discussion to make sure it is age appropriate. I will ask students for examples of stories; Land of Stories, Wings of Fire, and Percy Jackson are often mentioned.

Topics covered will include some very general ideas on government systems and economic systems as pertains to the students' stories. Discussion will be limited to what works best for a particular story or made-up world. Real-world situations may be mentioned occasionally as examples (for example, how has Korea’s geographic placement affected its history), but again, treatment will be objective and neutral and limited to what works best for a given story-world.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Handouts may contain links to Fantasy Worldbuilding questions by Patricia C. Wrede on Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's website.


Annie Downer, MFACreative Writer and Grammar Lover, former Adjunct English Professor
102 total reviews
145 completed classes

About Me

I have been writing stories since I was four years old and have pursued writing as a career since the age of twelve. I hold a BA in Digital Writing and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. My in-person teaching experience includes... 
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