I’ve tried to write and re-write this post to make it short, and it just keeps getting longer. So I’m trying something new. I’m giving you the facts and nothing else. Then in the coming days and weeks, I’ll write more on a few of the topics below. Does that work? Okay, so here we go. Just the facts.
Fact – I’m an instructional designer. I spend a great deal of time thinking about how people learn and the best way to teach them.
Fact – I’m a writer. I spend a great deal of time thinking about the very complex craft of writing.
Fact – Scaffolding is a technique instructional designers use when teaching a complex skill. It allows designers to break down the skill into smaller skills, and allows a learner to focus on digestible chunks. More on this in a later post.
Fact – Fan fiction is when a writer composes stories in a world that somebody else created. They use characters, setting, and even the plot of well known stories, but the writer gives it their own personal spin. More on this in a later post.
Fact – Fan fiction provides scaffolding while learning the craft of writing, and is therefore an excellent instructional method for teachers and learners alike.
Fact – Fan fiction is illegal. You cannot share or sell your fan fiction stories. At best it is tolerated; at worst publishers and authors file lawsuits against offenders.
Fact – You can write fan fiction about a work that is in the public domain; however, because most of that work is over a hundred years old, it doesn’t happen very often. When was the last time you saw Huckleberry Finn fan fiction?
Fact – Huckleberry Finn fan fiction is fun to say.
Fact – As an author and instructional designer, I came up with the idea to create a world with setting, characters, and plot–a world where it is not only tolerated and legal to create fan fiction, but encouraged.
Fact – I enlisted the help of an Instructional Design professor at BYU, and eight fellow authors (some of them New York Times best selling authors) to help me create this world.
Fact – The stories about this world will be released under a Creative Commons attribution license. That means you can do anything you want with them, including printing the stories, selling them, writing your own, and more.
Fact – We could use your help. We’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to help create this world. You can find all the latest information, and read more about this project, over on our Kickstarter page.
Thanks for stopping by. I’d love to hear any thoughts and feedback you have on the idea.