This year’s workshops explored new worlds — of writing, self, and circumstance. Each month we honed our skills to create richer settings, build greater suspense, craft realistic dialogue, and develop dynamic characters. The Fan Fiction Workshop was the capstone of our curriculum, where we explored the concept of “worldbuilding” — creating an imaginary world complete with culture, custom, history, and geography.
Guest author Racheline Maltese, a dynamic performer and storyteller, inspired us to write our own stories about the worlds we’ve come to love through others’ writing. Assured that the desire to write about our favorite literary worlds was both legitimate and writerly, we immediately became fan fiction writers.
The first step is to ask oneself, “What if?” What if Alice wasn’t dreaming? What if Harry was You-Know-Who? What if we knew what happened after the story ended, or what transpired before it began? What if our favorite characters could transport from one world to another and have new adventures in alternate worlds, and what if we had the power to make that happen? Turns out, we do.
From The Workshop
- Lawrencia Terris, Fan Fiction
“Look at her.
She think she’s so awesome because she won the first Hunger Games. She’s sitting pretty up there with my mom’s signature braid and her new dress.
Katniss Everdeen, first female victor of District 12, and my sister. True, she did take my place in the previous games, but I never asked for that. She knew I wanted to be a part of it and yet, she took my spot, all for the fame.”Read more
On The Blog
“Overall, it was fun to learn about fan fiction through the eyes of the mentees, many of whom are extremely knowledgeable about these online worlds where fictional characters are given new life through many different writers’ voices and ideas. ”