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FLEX Magical Worlds: Creating the Realms Where Stories Take Place (Ages 12-16)

Create exciting new magic systems, believable fantasy worlds, realistic space travel, and the culture and people who live in those worlds, all in a flexible schedule format.
Annie Downer, MFA
102 total reviews for this teacher
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Over 6 weeks
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How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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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 week, students will need to contribute to our class world by commenting on the appropriate thread in the Outschool classroom.

Students will also need to participate in class activities such as sharing, asking and answering questions, and providing peer critique on their classmates' works through positive feedback and constructive criticism.

For the final week, students are encouraged to make a short (1-10 minute) presentation of the world they created. This will be informal and could be as simple as just telling us about their worlds.

Time spent watching the videos and engaging in class activities should be between 1 and 2 hours a week.
Paper and a writing utensil or a computer for writing exercises. Drawing utensils and a drawing pad (for creating world maps, drawing clothing, etc.). Handouts will be supplied on a week-by-week basis. I will reference some optional Internet resources. The student will not need to access these sites, but they are provided as a resource.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
I will guide interaction to make sure it is age appropriate. I will ask students for examples of stories they have read or watched, which may include a wide variety of books, movies, and shows.

Topics covered will include government systems, economic systems, and possibly religious systems (depending on time and students). Comments 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.


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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