Fantasy Writers Web Archive

maintained by Dr. Elisa Beshero-Bondar

This page features creative and research projects written by students in my Spring 2006 Fantasy Writers course at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. Our course focused on the long epic fantasy cycles of J. R. R. Tolkien and Ursula K. Le Guin. Students' course projects involved research into criticism and theory on fantasy, and into world myths and traditions on which fantasy writers creatively build. Students could opt to apply their research to the production of their own creative work in fantasy, and several of their creative projects are represented below. All projects are posted with the permission of the students.

Creative Projects:
"Balancing Act," by Lindsey Hutchinson

"From Irspon," by Dan Chieffallo

"Rakshan," by Robyn Wakefield

"Retreat of the Leaflord," by Ali Gray

"Wagadu," by Jason Downey

"What Once Was Lost Shall Never Be Found," by Danielle E. Brady

Research Project:
"Why Readers Should Take Fairy Stories Seriously: War in Tolkien's and Le Guin's Fantasy,"
by Kate Sanner

Chinese dragon, 19th-c. color engraving on wood 
Source: Nineteenth-century Chinese wood engraving. Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon