january 25 to  march 1, 2022

Writing on the Dawn Treader

A Six-Week Writing Course

Join author and teacher Jonathan Rogers as we look at C.S. Lewis’ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader with a writer’s eye.

Register for adult cohort (College-age and up)
Register for student cohort (high-school and middle-school)

We’ll be returning to Narnia for the next installment of the “Writing with…” online classes. In Writing on The Dawn Treader, we will read through The Voyage of the Dawn Treader together and examine how C.S. Lewis achieves his particular kind of magic. Then we’ll apply his techniques to our own writing.

Writing on the Dawn Treader includes six 90-minute live lectures* via Zoom, as well as a dedicated online forum for discussion and writing exercises. 

*Recordings of the lectures will also be available for learners who can’t attend the live lectures.

Topics to be covered include (but are not limited to):

  • Episodic story structure 
  • Characterization
  • Narration and Point of View
  • Integrating the Characters’ Motives with the Writer’s Motives
  • Engaging the Reader’s Judgment
  • Writing Toward a Destination
  • Setting
  • Dialogue
  • Description and Imagery
  • Figurative Language
  • Endoskeletons and Exoskeletons

*Recordings of the lectures will also be available for learners who can’t attend the live lectures.

Tuesdays, January 25 to March 1, 2022.

Student Cohort: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Central
Adult Cohort: 3:00 to 4:30p.m. Central

Cost: $79

Intended Audience:
Adults, High Schoolers and Middle Schoolers

There are two “cohorts” of Writing on the Dawn Treader–one for adults (college-age and up), and one for high-school and middle-school students.

The course content is the same for either cohort, but the two cohorts will attend separate lecture/discussions and participate in separate forums. Adults will be interacting with adults, and students will be interacting with students.

Please register for the appropriate cohort.

Register for Adult Cohort
Register for student cohort

Weekly Workload


Required Text: C.S. Lewis, Voyage of the Dawn Treader. All page references will come from the Harper Trophy paperback (Order: IndieboundAmazon)

Optional Text: Jonathan Rogers, The World According to Narnia (Order: Rabbit Room)

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

One 500-word writing exercise

One live 90-minute lecture/discussion via Zoom

Throughout the week, learners will discuss the reading, the lectures, and their writing exercises in a dedicated online forum.

Register for Adult Cohort
Register for Student Cohort

Reading Plan

January 25
Chapters 1–2
February 1
Chapters 3–5

February 8
 Chapters 6-8

February 15
Chapters 9–11

February 22
Chapters 12–13

March 1
Chapters 14–16

About the Instructor

Jonathan Rogers is the author of The Wilderking Trilogy, The Charlatan’s Boy, The Terrible Speed of Mercy, and other books. 

He hosts The Habit Membership, an online library of teaching resources and gathering place for writers. He also hosts The Habit Podcast and teaches and encourages thousands of writers every Tuesday through The Habit Weekly newsletter. 

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