Creative Writing Through Literature - Complete Set

Author and professor Jonathan Rogers of Grammar for Writers teaches high school students how to improve their own creative writing by examining the literary elements of 4 stories in Writing through the WardrobeWriting with HobbitsWriting through To Kill A Mockingbird, and Writing with the Bog Owl.


Jonathan Rogers of Grammar for Writers teaches high school students how to improve their own creative writing by examining the literary elements of four stories including some well-loved classics. Students will hone their craft in this seminar series from a literary scholar and published author.

Dr. Rogers has written The Wilderking TrilogyThe World According to Narnia, and other books.

N.B. Not all products in this series have been released. The whole set will be available for purchase as soon as all products are released. Please refer to the schedule below:

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Sample Lessons


Writing through the Wardrobe

  1. Narration and Point of View
  2. Inversion and Juxtaposition, Characterization
  3. Showing and Telling, Description
  4. Dramatic Irony
  5. Exposition
  6. Some Guidelines for Dialogue
  7. More on Dialogue and Characterization
  8. Description and Figurative Language
  9. Desire, Choice, Consequence
  10. Concision
  11. More on Figurative Language
  12. Symbolism
  13. Character-Driven Action
  14. World-Building
  15. Action and Motion
  16. Allegory
  17. Slowing Down
  18. Abundance

Writing with Hobbits

  1. Scene-Setting and the Inciting Incident
  2. Dialogue
  3. Travel Writing
  4. Narration and Point of View
  5. Grammar and Sentence Structure
  6. Creating Distinct Voices
  7. Some Thoughts About Plot
  8. Freytag’s Pyramid
  9. Character Development
  10. Creating Problems, Solving Problems
  11. Managing the Reader’s Attention
  12. Choosing to Tell Instead of Show
  13. Conversational Dynamics (Part 1)
  14. Conversational Dynamics (Part 2)
  15. Some Thoughts About Description
  16. From Rising Action to Crisis
  17. Disordered Loves, Reordered Loves

Writing through To Kill A Mockingbird

  1. First-Person Narration
  2. In-Scene, Out-of-Scene
  3. Mannerisms and Manners
  4. Pacing
  5. Convincing Description
  6. Symbolism
  7. Tim Johnson, Part 1
  8. Tim Johnson, Part 2
  9. Engaging the Reader’s Judgment
  10. Revealing Gestures
  11. The Ewells
  12. Dialogue as Action
  13. Showing and Telling in the Courtroom
  14. Manners (Again)
  15. Big Ideas
  16. Seeing from the Character’s Perspective
  17. Reality as a Source of Fiction

Writing with the Bog Owl

  1. Setting and Originality
  2. Third-Person Close Narration
  3. Bayard, Objectivity, Subjectivity
  4. Where Did Feechiefolk Come From?
  5. The Wilderking Chant
  6. Writing In-Scene and Out-0f-Scene
  7. Incongruity
  8. Into the Swamp
  9. Among the Feechies
  10. Moving Parts
  11. Fishing Trip, Feechie Feast
  12. Foreshadowing, Expectations
  13. Judgment, Motive
  14. Single Combat
  15. The False Peak
  16. The Miner-Scouts
  17. Narrative Layers
  18. Climax, Falling Action, Resolution


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