Writing with the Bog Owl


Professor Jonathan Rogers of Grammar for Writers exposes his craft in one of his books to help writers gain confidence in their own voices and power to create.

Part of the new Creative Writing with Jonathan Rogers series. This product is only available in a streaming digital format.


Writing with the Bog Owl delivers the most authentic creative writing instruction possible—learning from a published author! Jonathan Rogers shares the influences on his own book, The Bark of the Bog Owl, and condenses his advanced studies of literature for readers young and old alike.

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

Writing with the Bog Owl is part of the new series Creative Writing with Jonathan RogersPurchase the whole series or explore one of the other lecture sets for your homeschool:

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Supplemental Writing Exercises




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Lesson Length

25 min


7 hrs and 46 minutes


  1. Setting and Originality (22:21)
  2. Third-Person Close Narration (36:04)
  3. Bayard, Objectivity, Subjectivity (26:21)
  4. Where Did Feechiefolk Come From? (33:57)
  5. The Wilderking Chant (18:31)
  6. Writing In-Scene and Out-0f-Scene (33:04)
  7. Incongruity (33:25)
  8. Into the Swamp (30:37)
  9. Among the Feechies (24:59)
  10. Moving Parts (14:54)
  11. Fishing Trip, Feechie Feast (17:35)
  12. Foreshadowing, Expectations (33:33)
  13. Judgment, Motive (31:51)
  14. Single Combat (34:09)
  15. The False Peak (19:36)
  16. The Miner-Scouts (14:30)
  17. Narrative Layers (17:56)
  18. Climax, Falling Action, Resolution (23:06)

Sample Lessons

Sample Exercises

Writing Exercise #1

The opening scene of The Bark of the Bog Owl takes place at the edge of the forest—or, if you prefer, at the edge of a clearing. Edges and boundaries, the meeting of two worlds, are fertile ground for storytelling.

For this week’s exercise, write a scene that takes place at an edge or boundary—the edge of town, the edge of a forest, the boundary between two neighborhoods or two countries. Let’s see what kinds of things happen where two worlds overlap.

Writing Exercise #3

Think of a familiar character from literature, history, or folklore, and drop that character into a setting that is familiar to you. What happens next?

Examples: Rip van Winkle wakes up in a Starbucks; Cleopatra makes a Zoom call; John the Baptist visits First Baptist Church.


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