HNWW Lessons

“Don't be a writer; be writing.”William Faulkner Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has long been a place to nurture the creative souls of Wizarding Britain. Many magical folk hold the arts in high regard, relating the creative process to life and power as unifying themes thr...

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Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.– Ernest HemingwayThere are many different opinions on how one should or should not compose a story. Every author will give you advice, and every author will tell you with equal conviction to ignore the advice of everyone else. What’s a writer to do?...

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Why hello! Welcome to the third lesson of the week. I, Professor Anne, will be guiding the lesson. Today’s topic is one that I feel is one of the most important parts of creating a story: the characters. I would like to share a quote from one of the professors I had before my education began at H...

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Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences. – Anne McCaffreyWhat separates a story from a mere description of events? In most cases, it’s the talent of the teller. My favorite history teacher was a spect...

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And so, does the destination matter? Or is it the path we take? I declare that no accomplishment has substance nearly as great as the road used to achieve it. We are not creatures of destinations. - Brandon Sanderson, The Way of KingsThe room was large and stifling, and, though it was already fou...

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There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.– Terry PratchettI’m inclined to disagree with Mr. Pratchett on this point--then again, I am from California, so perhaps that’s no surprise. Still, I’ll allow that to a writer as prolific as Sir ...

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“Silences have a climax, when you have got to speak." - Elizabeth Bowen Welcome back to Hogwarts Novel Writing Week! I am Professor Armina Brigham and I will be your professor for the remainder of this course. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading everything you have all written up to this po...

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“We must have a theme, a goal, a purpose in our lives. If you don’t know where you’re aiming, you don’t have a goal.” -Mary Kay Ash Welcome back dear students! For those of who that may have forgotten, I am Professor Brigham and I will be your Professor for the rema...

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“Books aren’t written - they’re rewritten. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it." -Michael Crichton Welcome students! It is our last lesson together for Hogwarts Novel Writing Week! I have thoroughly enjoyed ...

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This crash course in creative writing will present a few short reminders of some important elements in a story, a lot of sage advice from famous writers, and a lot of sage advice from famous writers telling you not to listen to anybody's writing advice. Keep your mind fresh and skills sharp over the break, and earn House Points for diving into one of your favorite hobbies! This course will remain open until the start of Year 5. Enroll