3 Ideas for Fandom Writing Activities

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If you have teens that participate in fandom, especially reading and writing fanfiction, then you have an opening to run some great writing programs.  Here are three ideas you might want to try:

Trope Bingo

In this fandom staple, the organizer creates randomized bingo cards using tropes in a particular fandom (or tropes that span across most fandoms) and participants write stories with a designated minimum length around the tropes until they get a 5 square bingo. You can make bingo cards here.  This would be a great program to do over a couple of weeks if you have a fandom club or something similar.

I suggest having your teens brainstorm tropes they are familiar with and reminding them to keep it PG. You can also do a Google Image search for trope bingo cards to get ideas, though some are fandom specific or not library appropriate.  Some tropes are AU’s (alternate universe) while some are plot clichés. Here are some common ones to get you started:

  1. In Love With Best Friend
  2. Road Trip
  3. Soulmates
  4. Hogwarts AU
  5. Hunger Games AU
  6. Vampire!Fic
  7. Coffee Shop AU
  8. KidFic
  9. Pretend Dating
  10. Zombie Apocalypse
  11. Accidental Marriage
  12. Trapped Together
  13. Body Swap
  14. Crossover
  15. Rock Star AU

Modified Writing Prompts

Most writing prompts can be modified to write fanfiction. That is good for us because they aren’t specific and work for a variety of fandoms. Many of the 100 Not Boring Writing Prompts for Middle and High Schoolers  can be written for fandom either as is or by changing the “you” in the prompt to the name of a character they want to write about.  For example “59.What is the very first memory that you have? Write about it.”  could become “What is the very first memory that (Hermione/Katniss/Kurt/Whoever) has? Write about it.”

Microfiction 

If you happen to be a long-time participant in fandom you may remember when a drabble was exactly 100 words. Not so much the case anymore, but microfiction and fandom are still a great match. In particular, I like Lauren Randazzo’s lesson from Teachers Pay Teachers that works with two sentence stories. The presentation isn’t fandom oriented, but it does a great job of explaining the concept and giving examples in several different genres. You can encourage the teens to write in each of the suggested genres, or substitute more fandom-ish genre labels like fluff, angst, romance, adventure, or hurt-comfort.

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