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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 (this class is for anyone who likes imagining possibilities or who enjoys reading or writing stories).
Annie Downer, MFA
102 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 22 learners
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Once per week
over 6 weeks
learners per class
per learner - per class
How does a “Multi-Day” course 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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Magical Worlds is a class for those who enjoy creating cultures, worlds, and magic systems, whether fantasy, science fiction, superhero fiction, magical realism, etc. By the end of the course, students will have created their own magical worlds which they are encouraged to share with the class. Each class will begin with a topic of world-building (for example, government, geography, customs—see below for the specific topics discussed each week). I will ask students to think of examples of...
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 will have an in-class writing assignment. However, if class time goes a little long, the in-class assignment may become homework. 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. 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.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 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 they have read or watched. Topics covered will include government systems, economic systems, and possibly religious systems (depending on time and students). 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.
Annie Downer, MFACreative Writer and Grammar Lover, former Adjunct English Professor
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...