For Teens

Storytelling with Dungeons & Dragons (Full)

Monday through Friday, August 19th to August 23rd, 10:30am - 3:30pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Teens
Teen (13-18)
13 seats max
Only 1 spot left!

*Note: Parents/guardians must complete this permission form online if your teen is under 18.* Unlike previous forms, you only need to fill this out ONE TIME, not for every class. If you cannot remember whether you have already filled it out, please email [email protected] and we will check for you!

If you do not complete the form, registrations could be voided and the cancellation policy will apply. If the student is 18, simply let us know at [email protected]

Class Description: 

Due to the popularity of shows like "Stranger Things," celebrities and civilians are coming out of the nerd closet to play the venerable fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). Now you can, too, and become a better, more inspired fiction writer at the same time. In this new, mashup workshop designed for newcomers and experienced gamers, we’ll be using an easy to learn, customized version of the game to get rolling dice pronto.

We’ll explore some of the conventions of D&D -- quests, elves, dwarves, wizards, magic, evil foes --- and the literary influences that shaped it, like mythology, legends, and authors such J. R. R. Tolkien. Each day of our week-long adventure, we'll add more to our collective fantasy. You'll not only play the game, you'll help build our fantasy world together. Each student will develop a unique character with rich backstory, quirks, and stakes. You'll describe lands, and populate them with monsters, magic, and legends of your own imagination. You'll learn about plot, characterization, scenes, pacing, story arc, and improvisation --- all while slaying some orcs and dragons, solving puzzles, and scoring some cool treasure along the way. Dice, miniature figurines, Doritos, and Mountain Dew provided. Bring an open mind, embrace the unexpected, and join us! 

Takeaways: By the end of our week, you should have plenty of ideas and passages written for a potential fantasy fiction project, and have a much better idea how to run your own D&D game.

Classes marked as “full” can still have scholarship spots available. So apply! 
GrubStreet is happy to be able to offer some full scholarships for our teen writing camps. Please wait to hear from our Scholarship committee before registering for the class, as scholarships cannot be applied retroactively. Scholarships are distributed on a rolling basis, right up to 48 hours before class start. However, the sooner you apply, the better your chances of receiving a scholarship.

Who Should Register?
For writers ages 13 - 18 ONLY. Writing notebooks are available, but feel free to bring your own.

Remember, parents/guardians must also complete this permission form online before the start of the class. Otherwise, registrations could be voided and the cancellation policy will apply. If the student is 18, simply let us know at [email protected]

*If you are registering on behalf of your teen, add their email information in the “For a Friend or Child?” field on the right-hand side of the screen before you check out. This will send them a direct link and reminder to create their own profile with GrubStreet. 
(After adding the class to your cart, click "Checkout" and click “Add” next to “For a Friend or Child?” on the right-hand side to fill in their email. This is an easy way of linking the class to your child and encourages them to create their own account.)

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Ethan Gilsdorf
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