For Educators

The Pennymores is a book about writing -- magic writing -- and numerous teachers have used the book in the classroom as a way to complement reading and writing curriculums.  To aid teachers and educators, we've created a series of workshops you can utilize independently or in connection with the book to help your students engage with creative writing through storytelling.  

Creating Characters

Creating Characters: The Art of Finding Your Harry, Katniss, or Percy.

Do you love characters like Hermoine Granger, Frodo, Katniss Everdeen, Count Olaf, or Tony Stark? Have you ever wondered how great characters are developed?

Duration

45 minutes

Villains

Bad Guys: How to Create Better Villains that Matter

Why do we love to hate Voldermort, Thanos, Snape, Count Olaf, and the White Witch? We know they are evil, but something about them makes us crazy.

Learn the power of the villain and the conflict – including what makes us really connect with the bad guys.

Duration

45 minutes

Hero's Journey

A Hero's Journey: Learning how to understand the journey and story arcs

Do you love Harry Potter & the Sorceror’s Stone, Encanto, Percy Jackson, or Avengers? Do you know why those stories worked and why other stories don’t?
Learn the power of the story and the hero’s journey.

Duration

45 minutes

World Building

Creating a Bigger World: How do you plan for a place, a world, and a future big enough for a book

Have you read ALL the Harry Potter books, ALL the Percy stories, each book of the Series of Unfortunate Events, and the entire Hobbit and Lord of the Rings? You’re not alone – once we find a book we love, we love to see more from these characters.

Learn the power of the world building -- how to think about the key elements that can support a novel (or even a series).

Duration

45 minutes