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LLW: Learning to Love Writing

Let's Rebuild the World!

Morgan A. McLaughlin McFarland, MAPW
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(478)
Destroy the world with your classmates, rebuild it into a post-apocalyptic dystopia/utopia of your choosing, and then write about it.

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
Students will learn the basics of short story writing and how to give and receive constructive feedback. 
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.
Homework Offered
Students will write a portion of their story each week as homework.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Thinking about 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.

Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(478)
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... 
Group Class


for 4 classes
1x per week, 4 weeks
60 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(11)
Completed by 41 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 10-14
2-9 learners per class

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