Virtual Fairy Godmother: A Fairly Creative Writing Class

Description

Perhaps you’ve been thinking about writing for a while now. Maybe you’ve already gathered notebooks and pens. All you need is a little bit of magic to guide you through the monsters of plot, characterization, and setting. If you are going to write a story, it’s better to do it with magic.   As with any magical adventure, the hero takes home a token; instead of a pair of glass slippers—because, really, how practical are those?—you will find a story on the other side of your battle, and it will be yours.

Instructor

Aubrey Lively

Class Details

Live Class: Yes

Frequency: Weekly, Wednesdays, 2 to 3:00 p.m. ET

Assignments: Weekly assignments

Duration: Fall 2017 semester

Student Expectations:
Project/discussion-based class. Students share weekly assignments in class and submit for feedback. Final projects will be short stories shared in class.

Student Support:
Teacher is available via email.

Feedback/Assessment:
Feedback and/or peer review will be provided on weekly assignments and projects. Grade recommendations are optional.

Materials/Supplies:
Students need some kind of office software. Any can be used to complete assignments; however, students are responsible for resolving and working out any accommodations necessary due to differences in the software or versions. For the final project, students will need access to a working microphone (webcam preferred). Students will need a copy of A Fairly Creative Guide to Telling Tales.

Prerequisites:
Students should be comfortable navigating basic computer functions, basic writing skills.

For Ages:
12+

Agenda
Class 1: PLOT: Introduction and Exposition
Class 2: PLOT: Rising Action and Action
Class 3: PLOT: Climax, the Role of the Author, and Falling Action
Class 4: PLOT: Sequence of Events and Deus Ex Machina
Class 5: CHARACTERIZATION: Introduction and Character Development
Class 6: CHARACTERIZATION: Flat/Round Characters & Stereotypes
Class 7: CHARACTERIZATION: $1M/Hr. Narrator, Dialogue, and Nonverbal Cues
Class 8: CHARACTERIZATION: Body Language
Class 9: CHARACTERIZATION: Dynamic/Static Characters and Perspective
Class 10: BEGIN FINAL PROJECT: Politics and Economics
Class 11: PLOT: Introduction, Hills and Skies
Class 12: FINAL PROJECT: REVISIONS
Class 13: PLOT: Basic Timeline and Geography
Class 14: PRESENTATIONS
Class 15: PRESENTATIONS: Discuss publication and writers’ groups