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Magical Worlds: Creating Magic Systems
By answering the questions every creator should ask about their magic system, superpower system, or technology system, we'll create our own magic system as a class and learn why having rules for our made-up worlds is so important.
Annie Downer, MFA
102 total reviews for this teacher
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Meets once at a scheduled time
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In this class, we will consider the questions every creator should ask about their magic, superpower, or technology systems, for example, “Who can use magic in this world?” “What are my superhero’s limits or weaknesses?” “Can my spaceship travel faster than light?” I will ask students to think of examples of magic systems (for example, superhero powers in the Marvel universe or the Force in the Star Wars universe) and consider how the creator’s choices affected the stories of those worlds....
Students will learn how to create believable magic systems and why it is important for our made-up worlds to have and follow rules. 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.
Students are encouraged to use what they learn in their own stories. Save what you write!
Students may want paper and a writing utensil to jot down notes. After class, our magic system notes as well as a handout to help students in developing their magic systems will be posted to the classroom.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time 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 Fires, and Percy Jackson are often mentioned. We will be discussing fantasy magic, superhero powers, and technology. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Annie Downer, MFAAuthor, Teacher, Editor
102 total reviews
145 completed classes
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...