Creating Original Fiction Inspired by Harry Potter
Violet Haberdasher (aka Robyn Schneider)
Have you always preferred Beauxbatons to Durmstrang? Is Ginny your favorite Weasley? In this workshop, participants will learn how to create original fiction based on their favorite elements of the Harry Potter books. Violet will give a short presentation explaining how to draw inspiration from Harry Potter and will explain how she came up with the concept for her new book series Knightley Academy. Participants will fill out provided worksheets and will have time to brainstorm stories or work on characterization. They will briefly share their worksheets in small groups. Violet will use a projector to critique two randomly chosen excerpts (first 2-3 pages) from pre-submitted stories by attendees, highlighting what works and why in addition to providing constructive criticism. Violet will end with a Q&A where attendees are welcome to ask questions about craft, publishing, writing, or Violet's own experiences.
Robyn Schneider is a 23-year-old author, videoblogger and social media personality who divides her time between New York and London. She was inspired to become a writer after reading the first Harry Potter book. Her Knightley Academy trilogy, written as Violet Haberdasher, follows the adventures of a former serving boy at a boarding school for knights in alternate 1800s England. Publisher's Weekly praised the first installment as "a welcome change of pace from fictional academies that revolve around magic." Robyn is also the author of Better Than Yesterday (2007) and The Social Climber's Guide to High School (2007). You can follow her adventures on Twitter (twitter.com/robynschneider), YouTube (youtube.com/robynisrarelyfunny, her blog (queuedpaper.blogspot.com), BlogTV (blogtv.com/people/robynschneider) or check out her choose-your-own-adventure project at GnomeTwilight.com.