The Library Foundation

The Library Foundation

How to Build A (Weirder, Crazier, Better) World

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri,
2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Aug 10, 2020 - Aug 14, 2020 (5 days)
Grades 8th - 12th  
Online Class
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The world of a successful story doesn’t always have to be recognizable, but it does have to be believable. In this one-week workshop, we will focus on world-building in the realm of speculative fiction, with a focus on sci-fi and magical realism. We’ll explore how great authors like Ray Bradbury, Karen Russell, Kurt Vonnegut, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ursula K. Le Guin, and others create full, immersive settings in their stories, and we’ll dive into a wide range of bizarre, inventive worlds—dystopian and utopian, strange and (somewhat) familiar, beautiful and nightmarish and everything in between. Emerging writers will learn how to craft scenes, incorporate descriptive detail, and negotiate symbol and association in fiction, leaving the workshop with stories set in their own strange, surreal, believable worlds.

- These workshops will require campers to have access to Zoom and GoogleDrive.
- Workshops are capped at 8 students maximum.
- Each student will be assigned a Google Drive folder where they can upload their work for additional instructor feedback and communication.
- The time listed on this registration page will be the time of your 1.5-hour workshop on Zoom.
- Once your registration is complete, you will receive an email from The Library Foundation’s programs manager, Kate Kelly, with more information about your specific workshop.
- This program runs for one week, M-F. Registration covers this entire one week period. There is no drop-in option or prorated rates.
- Scholarships will be awarded on an ongoing basis to meet family’s demonstrated financial need. To apply for a scholarship, please visit the Badgerdog camps page or email for more information.

Online Class
Payment Options
Aug 10, 2020 - Aug 14, 2020
• Sibling Discounts: Second Child (5%), Third Child (5%), Any Additional Child (5%)

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