Writing Workshop: Modern Fantasy
- Grades 4-5
- Language Arts
This course transports readers to magical worlds where animals speak, toys come to life, and eccentric characters perform seemingly impossible feats. Worlds turn upside down, and the familiar becomes the unknown. Explore classic and contemporary texts to learn the traits that characterize modern fantasy. Venture into extraordinary places like Narnia in C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and witness battles between good and evil, like those in Susan Cooper’s Over Sea, Under Stone. In this workshop-style course, read, discuss, and reflect upon what these whimsical worlds tell us about our own. Respond to modern fantasy texts in a variety of written assignments, including literary analysis and reflective writing. Armed with your newly developed understanding of the genre and an appreciation of its nuances, you will then craft your own works of fantasy.
Typical Class Size: 14-16
- Using classic and contemporary texts as models, identify the traits that characterize modern fantasy
- Examine themes in modern fantasy literature and respond to modern fantasy texts in a variety of written assignments, including literary analysis and reflective writing
- Craft original works of modern fantasy that incorporate understanding of the genre
- Engage in the writing workshop process, editing and revising work based on feedback from your instructor, program assistant, and peers
Summer Dates & Locations
Testing and Prerequisites
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Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
Please acquire all course materials by the course start date, unless noted as perishable. Items marked as “perishable” should not be acquired until the student needs them in the course. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact [email protected].
These titles have been featured in past sessions of the course, and may be included this summer. CTY provides students with all texts; no purchase is required.
- The Black Cauldron, Lloyd Alexander
- The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman
About Language Arts at CTY
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