Creative Writing with Harry
Come get your creative writing juices flowing in this Harry Potter-centric creative writing workshop. The workshop will begin with a brief overview of the exercises participants will be doing, as well as the value of these types of writing exercises. Guidelines for constructive feedback will then be discussed, including: make a “critiquing sandwich” starting and ending with warm, fluffy bread with the meat in the middle, phrase areas of improvement with kindness, Crucioing someone who didn't like your work is to be done outside of the classroom, etc.. Participants will then be led through a series of creative writing exercises, each with a Harry Potter theme. Following each exercise, participants will have an opportunity to share their writing with the group. The last exercise will allow participants to provide constructive feedback to other group members.
Not only will this workshop be an exploration of creative fun, but also it will help encourage writers to... just... simply... write. So many times “writer's block” can be overcome by just plowing through that imaginary barrier. This workshop will encourage writers to go beyond their comfort zones. The multiple exercises will stretch writers' vocabulary and their imaginations, while giving them a comfortable and familiar starting point with Rowling's Wizarding world. These exercises may be the catalyst for the next great, epic fanfiction or even altered after the conference to become original works of fiction.
Kim is a professional freelance writer. When asked, “What do you write?” Her standard answer is, “Whatever pays.” Although much of her time is spent in the world of non-fiction (just ask her about Human Resources, the best beach hotels in Corpus Christi, or using leeches in skin flap failure), she has been blessed to have many clients who have hired her for works of fiction as well. In addition, Kim started a local creative writing group in 2008, affectionately named Backseat Writers. Thirty-two members strong, the group meets approximately once a month with each meeting starting off with a creative writing exercise, similar to the ones that will be used for this workshop.
Most importantly, Kim has been a Harry Potter fanatic since the release of Chamber of Secrets (the book, not the movie – don't get her started on all that is wrong with the movies). She has been an active member of Hogwarts Common Room for more years than she cares to admit, and she has written a scant handful of pieces of short fanfiction. Kim prefers to live in the AU because apparently Rowling was suffering from a pregnancy-induced hormonal imbalance when she killed off Severus and wrote her epilogue. She insists that Severus and Hermione were meant to be together and refuses to seek professional help regarding this particular addiction