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Let's End the World!

Build a collaborative fictional world with your classmates, destroy it in an apocalypse of your choosing, and then write about it.
Morgan A. McLaughlin McFarland, MAPW
460 total reviews for this teacher
29 reviews for this class
Completed by 90 learners
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$15 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 4 weeks
60 minutes per class
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Outside of writing, editing, and teaching, I collect apocalypses. I have explored the various ends of the world as a writer through fiction and nonfiction, and am a regular scifi & fantasy convention panelist on the topic of apocalyptic media. As a lifelong consumer of apocalyptic media  – books, comics, television, movies, music, even recipes – I believe the genre is uniquely well suited to motivating young writers and offers an infinite number of possible worlds to create (and destroy) with words. Apocalypse and dystopian media resonates with tween and young teen readers and holds a prominent position on the Young Adult shelves in libraries and book stores, providing a great motivator for students to improve their own writing through exploring the end of the world. 
Students will be provided with prompts and guidelines for creating and ending the fictional world, and should have access to a word processing program. I encourage the use of Google Docs, so students can access their work anywhere, and so that parents can also check on their students' progress if desired, but can also accept work from students submitted in .doc, .docx, and .rtf format.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Considering widespread disasters and global crises can be frightening for some young writers.  While all work produced for this class will be appropriate for the indicated age range in terms of content, parents should feel free to inform me of any particular phobias or other fears their children need to avoid over the course of this class. 


Morgan A. McLaughlin McFarland, MAPW
Lives in the United States
Inclusive Classes in Creative Writing, Gaming, and Popular Media & Culture
460 total reviews
257 completed classes

About Me

I teach creative writing, gaming, and popular culture to learners from age 8 through high school. 

In my classes, young writers learn to develop characters, to craft a well-structured narrative, and to hone their descriptive language skills. New... 
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