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Fantasy Writing Workshop: Hogwarts in Your Hometown

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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17 pages
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Hi! I'm Livia Blackburne, New York Times bestselling author of the Midnight Thief and Rosemarked series. In the spring of 2018, I ran a writing workshop on fantasy worldbuilding for students ranging from middle school through college. After the camp, I revised my materials and expanded them for more teachers to use.

Do your students love Harry Potter? Channel their Hogwarts mania into a fun creative writing exercise! This workshop guides students step-by-step through making their own wizardry school based in their own hometown. Students will ponder everything from geography, to history, to local flora and fauna as they build their school from the ground up. They’ll pick a location for their school, make up the history of its founders, and even compose a sorting hat quiz!

This workshop works as an enrichment activity while reading JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books, as well as a standalone creative writing exercise.

Total Pages
17 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole and build toward a particular tone and outcome (e.g., a sense of mystery, suspense, growth, or resolution).
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.


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