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Castles in the Grass: The Subtleties of Creative Writing

Castles in the Grass: The Subtleties of Creative Writing


Building a world or even a simple character takes time and understanding of the subtleties of creation and impression. J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy The Lord of the Rings took twelve years to write. J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series took sixteen years to complete. What is it about writing that takes so long? Students will not be asked to write a trilogy or series during their time in this course. Instead, students are challenged to explore the works of Ray Bradbury, an American author and screenwriter who wrote over 600 short stories before his death in 2012. Students will step into a world of adventure, motive, emotion, and difference as they explore Bradbury’s works and begin their own. What sets a tasteless character apart from the characters whose tales we read with relish and apprehension? What makes a world worth building? How do you record a human experience in such a way that the reader falls into the story, head first? Through discussion and explorative challenges, students experiment with the subtleties of language and character building, discovering that stories are deeper than the pages they cover.  


During this eight-week exploration, students will be involved in writing an original 2,000-word short story in three segments, writing a 700+ word expository essay, and writing flash fiction pieces. The course includes literary device study, descriptive work, and research essay work. 

Required Material: The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury


  • Day and Time: Mondays, 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM ET
  • Class Duration: 8 Weeks
  • Dates: February 3, 2024 - March 24, 2024
  • Recommended for: Ages 13+ / Grades 8-9
  • Teacher: TTK Faculty


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