Teaching Harry Potter to Creative Writers by S.P. SipalTeaching Harry Potter to Creative Writers by S.P. Sipal

Teaching Harry Potter to Creative Writers

byS.P. Sipal, Dalton Perkinson

Paperback | November 18, 2016

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JK Rowling's Harry Potter series not only inspired a new generation to read, but to write as well. Many of these early fans are now creative writing teachers eager to introduce their students to the magic that inspired them.  By drawing on a text most students will know and adore, Harry Potter for Creative Writers teaches creative fiction with examples and activities that even the most reluctant learners will find enchanting.

This guide’s insightful analysis has been taught as a complementary resource at high school and college campuses and dozens of writers workshops and fan conferences for over a decade. Through guided lessons plans and reproducible handouts, plus more available online, the authors provide a proven method to engage students and to foster 21st century skills.

Pacing options are provided for three lengths of study, and many activities are adapted for a younger age group.

Activities Include:
Peer Collaboration, Think-Pair-Share, Differentiation, Free Writing, Reflections, 21st Century Skills, and more!

Topics Include:
Characterization, World Building, Backstory, Hero’s Journey, Myths and Archetypes, Fan Fiction, and so much more.

“I seriously think A Writer’s Guide to Harry Potter is BRILLIANT and the analysis amazing – from both a reader’s AND a writer’s perspective.” -- Kiki Hamilton, award-winning author of THE MIDNIGHT SPY--named One of the Best Books of 2015 by Kirkus Reviews

“There are countless books about good writing, but few that peel back the curtain on what makes a book beloved. THE WRITER’S GUIDE TO HARRY POTTER is a treasure trove for writers and readers alike, filled with nuggets of insight into the characters, world, and techniques J.K. Rowling used to work her magic. It’s a resource I’ll go back to again and again!” -- Martina Boone, award-winning author of COMPULSION and the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy.

Title:Teaching Harry Potter to Creative WritersFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:170 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.36 inShipping dimensions:11 × 8.5 × 0.36 inPublished:November 18, 2016Publisher:Deep River Press Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:194556105X

ISBN - 13:9781945561054

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Pacing for Your Class' Needs 6 Lesson One 10 More Emotional Range than a Teaspoon (Characterization) Lesson Two 31 Freeing Your Prisoner of Azkaban (Voice & Engagement) Lesson Three 43 The Dark Lord is in the Detail (Worldbuilding) Lesson Four 58 Revealing Wormtail (Mystery Plotting) Lesson Five 83 Put a Fidelius Charm On Your Godric's Hollow (Holding off Backstory) Lesson Six 90 Pulling the Sword Out of the Hat (Mythic Structure, Archetypes, & Themes) Lesson Seven 121 His Royal Snivellus (Antiheroes and Ambiguity) Lesson Eight 130 Of Grindelwald and Hitler (Real World Relevance) Lesson Nine 134 Tossing Snowballs at Quirrell (Writing with Humor) Lesson Ten 143 Catch Your Snitch! (Writing with Pleasure) Lesson Eleven 145 Draco Loves Hermione! At Least in Fan Fiction (Fan Fiction as a Tool) Lesson Twelve 151 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Hatching Artistic and Marketing Vision) Hermione's Bookbag 155 S.P. Sipal's Publications The Professors 156 About the Authors Acknowledgements 157 Appendix 158 Index 159

Editorial Reviews

"I seriously think A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter is BRILLIANT and the analysis amazing - from both a reader's AND a writer's perspective." -- Kiki Hamilton, award-winning author of THE MIDNIGHT SPY--named One of the Best Books of 2015 by Kirkus Reviews "There are countless books about good writing, but few that peel back the curtain on what makes a book beloved. THE WRITER'S GUIDE TO HARRY POTTER is a treasure trove for writers and readers alike, filled with nuggets of insight into the characters, world, and techniques J.K. Rowling used to work her magic. It's a resource I'll go back to again and again!" -- Martina Boone, award-winning author of COMPULSION and the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy.