ClassLoft After School: Writing the Fantasy World
In this class, we'll learn how important geography is to our stories by building workable fantasy worlds for our characters to live in. We'll start with drawing out maps of the place we'd like our characters to inhabit, with special attention given to geographical features such as waterways, mountains, and even nearby planetary bodies that can be incorporated into our stories. We'll talk about the common-sense rules of writing place-based fiction (ranging from the basic laws of science to the physical limitations of characters) and how to step outside those rules to make our stories even more interesting. We'll discuss contemporary authors students have read or are reading on their own and discuss what makes those stories work and how we can apply the lessons we've learned through critical reading to our own writing.
Instructions for Accessing This Online Class
In order to access the live meeting portions of this class, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. You will receive instruction on how to join your Zoom classroom approximately one week before your class is set to begin and then again on the start date of your class. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.
Some classes have an supplemental Google Classroom Page. If your class includes a Google Classroom page, you will be invited to join your class' Google Classroom page at least 24 hours before the start of the class. If we do not have a Gmail address on file for you, you will be contacted by a Loft staff member. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.