About the Course

Fantasy Worldbuilding

  • Grades 5-6
  • CTY-Level
  • LIVE

What draws audiences into the settings of their favorite fantasy worlds? What makes these otherwise mythical places feel like real locations in readers’ minds? In this course, we’ll use applications of geography, cartography, and anthropology to create and develop our own fantasy worlds. We’ll learn the literary elements of storytelling, analyzing specific examples from the genre as we engage in writing exercises that give you the tools to compose stories in your newly minted fictional setting. We will pay special attention to characterization, description, conflict, setting, exposition, and aspects of the hero's journey through excerpts from Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Activities include creating a detailed map of your world, constructing profiles of civilizations, and writing short stories featuring heroic characters who live in your setting.

Fall, Winter, and Spring Time Commitment: 4-5 hours per week (1 hour class time, 3-4 hours independent work).
Summer Time Commitment: 12-15 hours per week (3 hours class time, 9-12 hours independent work).

Important Dates
Apply by August 30 to start:

Apply by August 30 to start:

Classes

Register for an Online course by selecting an open class below. If no open classes are listed, then course enrollment is currently closed. Note: You will need to have an active CTY Account to complete registration through MyCTY.

Wednesdays
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9 weeks
5:00 p.m. (ET)
$1,300
Wednesdays
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9 weeks
7:00 p.m. (ET)
$1,300
Saturdays
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9 weeks
9:00 a.m. (ET)
$1,300

Testing and Prerequisites

  Math Verbal
Required Level Not required CTY-Level
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Cost and Financial Aid

  • Tuition
    • Varies
  • Application fee
    • Nonrefundable Application Fee - $15 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
    • Nonrefundable International Fee - $20 (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.

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Course Materials

Please acquire all course materials by the course start date. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact ctyinfo@jhu.edu.
 

Students will be notified by email of any required course materials 2-3 weeks prior to the course start date.

  • Beagle, The Last Unicorn
  • Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea
  • Rhodes, Bayou Magic

Important note: The Beagle text that we will use is the original publication (1968). Quick online searches will likely present families with the graphic novel adaptation (for which Beagle was a partner). Use ISBN 9780451450524 to avoid confusion.

 

Technical Requirements

This course requires a computer with high-speed Internet access and an up-to-date web browser such as Chrome or Firefox. You must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course uses a virtual classroom for instructor-student communication. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client, and on tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Recorded meetings can only be viewed on a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both free to download.

Terms & Conditions

Students may interact in online classrooms and meetings that include peers, instructors, and occasional special guests.

Courses may include videos from the web. Recommendations or links at the end of videos are provided by the video host and are not CTY recommendations. 

You may have the option to post your work on public third-party sites (e.g., YouTube). 

Virtual class meetings may be recorded for students to review.

After a you complete a course, your projects may be used to illustrate work for future students. 

About Language Arts at CTY

Enhance your skills in creative writing and critical reading, learn to craft effective sentences, and develop an analytical approach to reading and writing through our Language Arts courses. Guided by our expert instructors, you can further develop your communication skills in our interdisciplinary visual fluency courses, and explore topics in communication theory, design theory, and cognitive psychology. Through coursework and online discussions with classmates from around the world, you’ll elevate your writing structure and style, hone your craft, and become an adept wordsmith fluent in the language of literary arts. 

Write, Edit, Publish

Walk in the shoes of a writer, editor, and publisher this fall in Master Class I: Writing, Editing, and Publishing, and then collaborate with peers to create the next issue of our CTY Online student-developed literary journal, Lexophilia, in Master Class II: Writing, Editing, and Publishing, offered in the winter.

Explore Greek Myths

Newly revised for fall 2021, you'll read, discuss, and write about Greek myths in Young Readers’ Series: Greek Myths Revisited, studying exciting, heroic characters and ancient narratives that continue to teach us all valuable lessons about life, love, and family.

Meet our Language Arts Instructors