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 31 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.
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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Review of Druidawn by Adventure Zone. Read it now!
Miriam's Article in the 2e Newsletter. Take a look.
Our 20th Annual Summer Camp is Coming to Colorado in Summer 2020!
Summer Camp Description:
Join us for Druidawn Summer Fantasy Writing and Gaming Camp 2020 at Rock Creek Church in Louisville, Colorado!
Learn creative writing techniques while exploring amazing fantasy worlds through role-playing games, story writing, and sword fighting adventures! During this workshop, we will discover the secrets that professional writers use to make their novels so captivating. We’ll work on fantasy world-building techniques, arts and crafts, and participate in the Druidawn publishing project as part of the writing curriculum. Students will also learn to solve problems and work together as a team as they quest in a thought-provoking imaginary fantasy setting with safety swords and play-acting. It's an action-packed five days of imagination and fun!
Ages: 7-13 for new and established students. Over age 13, we accept established students and a few new ones, but they must agree to participate in ALL camp activities (no hanging out in a corner on their laptop all day!)
Rock Creek Church 2020 Dates:
June 22nd - 26th
June 29th - July 3rd
July 6th - 10th
Cost: $295.00 per child per week. Plus $20.00 workbook fee if you don't already have a Druidawn Gamers Manual with the silver cover.
Please contact camp directors Miriam Darnell and Cara Allen at 720-300-2216 for details, or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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