Druidawn: An RPG-Based Creative Writing Curriculum That Makes Writing Fun for Children!

Welcome to Druidawn Academy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to igniting a passion for writing in even the most reluctant of students. This site is your gateway to the revolutionary concept of RPG Motivational Writing. RPG stands for Role Playing Game. This unique curriculum was first developed in 1990 by Miriam Darnell for her reluctant boy writers as a way to motivate them to get words onto paper through the use of a fantasy role playing game called Druidawn.

Helping students to overcome writing anxiety is our passion, which is one of the reasons this website exists. All students can learn to love writing, regardless of their unique learning styles. We embrace divergence, creative education and the concept of inclusion!

While we believe there is no greater joy than writing your own original stories, we've been teaching long enough to realize that many children don't share this enthusiasm. Many boys especially seem to dislike writing and experience delays in developing the complex set of skills needed in order to master the written word.

We have been teaching creative writing for over 35 years to some of the most reluctant students imaginable. These are children who absolutely hate to write, some even refusing to pick up a pencil. We also teach creative writing to children who love to write and who need help editing their novels and help with publishing.

We offer many techniques that get writers of all ages motivated to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboards), including writing clubs, interactive summer camps, and private tutoring services.

Click on the WRITING CLUBS icon on the left side panel for further information on our writing clubs and tutoring services and how to register for our wait list.

Included in this website is information about writing with learning disabilities (such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and fine motor delays) that hold students back from reaching their highest writing potential, as well as publishing opportunities and advice for young ambitious fiction authors. This site is loaded with writing tips and lesson plans for educators and parents.


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Check out our exciting online summer workshops!

Druidawn Summer 2022 Online Workshop Schedule


WORKSHOP TIMES: 

Mornings 9:00am-12:00pm Mountain Time (gaming from 11:00-12:00 MDT) For students ages 7-11 

Afternoons 12:30pm-3:30pm Mountain Time (gaming from 2:30-3:30 MDT) For students ages 11+

These ONLINE workshops will be hosted in Skype and will include several breaks so kids can get up and run around in between activities.

Minimum 7 students, maximum 13 students per session. Groups will be merged if we don’t get at least 7 sign-ups per workshop.

COST PER WORKSHOP: $175.00

You can get a full refund of your payment if it turns out you need to cancel your workshop reservation by May 1st, 2022.  After May 1st, half refunds will be issued up until a week before your workshop begins.  After that point, there are no refunds for cancellations or missed workshop days. 

1) June 20-24 Morning Session - Younger Kids

DRAGONS AND MYSTIC CREATURES

Write and read stories and create works of art involving dragons and other mystical creatures. Design new mystic creatures to add to the world of Druidawn. Play a Druidawn quest where you try to befriend as many mystic creatures as possible.


2) June 20-24 Afternoon Session - Older Kids

DRAGONS AND MYSTIC CREATURES

Write and read stories and create works of art involving dragons and other mystical creatures. Design new mystic creatures to add to the world of Druidawn. Play a Druidawn quest where you try to befriend as many mystic creatures as possible.


3) June 27-July 1 Morning Session - Younger Kids

PIRATES AND THIEVES

Write about high seas adventures, look at and design pirate ships, learn about legendary pirates, help to design some secret guilds dedicated to thieves and assassins, and play a Druidawn treasure hunt quest.


4) June 27-July 1 Afternoon Session - Older Kids

THRILLS AND CHILLS

A horror and suspense workshop where we practice writing scary and suspenseful stories, play a Druidawn quest in a haunted house, learn about famous monsters and watch scary movie scenes.


5) July 11-15 Morning Session - Younger Kids

COMEDY AND CHAOS

Learn about the uses of different types of humor and practice writing funny stories, watch humorous videos, tell and write jokes, create new silly potions and chaos magic to add to the Druidawn Magic Store, and play a crazy random Druidawn quest in the chaotic land of Psychonia.


6) July 11-15 Afternoon Session - Older Kids

MYSTERIES

Construct mystery stories from beginning to end (including where to place clues, how to use red herrings, and how to avoid cliches), learn from the best mystery writers in history, write riddles for others to solve, and play a Druidawn game where a mystery has to be solved.


7) July 18-22 Morning Session - Younger Kids

MYSTERIES

Construct mystery stories from beginning to end (including where to place clues, how to use red herrings, and how to avoid cliches), learn from the best mystery writers in history, write riddles for others to solve, and play a Druidawn game where a mystery has to be solved.


8) July 18-22 Afternoon Session - Older Kids Combo-Topic

ROMANCE AND RELATIONSHIPS

Learn the basics of writing interesting and dynamic relationships, discuss famous couples, look at film and book examples of good writing and poor writing, construct strong characters, dialogue and conflicts.  Assume the roles of different characters in chat dramas for fun!

DEBATE THE ISSUES

Interested in modern-day Earth world-issues such as politics, climate change, social standards, etc?  Love debating issues with other people?  This will be the workshop for you. Write your opinions, casually debate and convince others to see your side of the issues, read articles online and prepare to support your side of the argument with your classmates.


9) July 25-29 Morning Session - Younger Kids

SPECTRA PRIME

A science-fiction based workshop where we design alien races, spaceships, high-tech weapons, practice gaming on an alien world, and work together on developing the game rules for this new science fiction version of Druidawn called Spectra Prime.


10) July 25-29 Afternoon Session - Older Kids

SPECTRA PRIME

A science-fiction based workshop where we design alien races, spaceships, high-tech weapons, practice gaming on an alien world, and work together on developing the game rules for this new science fiction version of Druidawn called Spectra Prime.


For information about this and our other programs, please email us at: druidawncreations@hotmail.com.


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