Josh Shaine has been working with gifted students of all ages for more than 35 years, including many years teaching, administrating, advising, and sometimes directing programs for 7th – 12th graders through MIT’s Educational Studies Program. He has taught at public, private, and alternative schools, as well as working with special needs students, either at home or institutionalized, for school districts in several states. He was the headmaster of a small 7th – 12th grade alternative school in Boston for gifted “disgruntled” students. In addition to teaching and consulting, Josh currently organizes the Beyond IQ conferences near Boston and serves on the board for Hoagies Gifted. He’s more fun than this makes him sound!
Worldbuilding Lab is intended for students who have completed the Worldbuilding course or who have a world whose development is already moving along. There are two Labs so that learners can support their peers as we advance our stories’ environments.
Students will be expected to read the offerings of others in the class and to provide feedback, if requested. They will also be expected to share their own worlds for the consideration of their classmates. This is a workshop for creators.
Sample Course Outline
This class has 8 meetings where each meeting focuses on different elements of worldbuilding. A sample outline is provided:
- Session 1: Where are you starting from? What kind of support do you need or want?
- Session 2: Identifying stuck places and ways to get around or through them
- Session 3: Systems Checkup: Does your science and/or magic work?
- Session 4: What does your history look like?
- Session 5: Does your conflict make sense? Do you need more? Less? Different?
- Session 6: Humans? Aliens? Magical Beings? What is your blend?
- Session 7: Will this work as a novel? Movie? Video or board game? Virtual Reality?
- Session 8: “Where do we go from here?” What are your next steps?
Worldbuilding Lab is offered Summer 2019.