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Welcome to Heroine Training headquarters

…where dreams meet reality, where fiction is cherished, where magic is real. Here you will find step-by-step lesson plans with takeaway homework assignments that show you how to embody fictional heroines in the everyday. For the full experience, you can enroll in Blogwarts, or request Letters from Jane Austen.

What we do here

It is one thing to curl up with a good book and live vicariously through its heroine. It is another to be a heroine yourself.

Heroines exist in reality, not just in the pages of books. We believe that becoming your own heroine is simply a matter of declaring it. Here we give you the tools, the lessons, and the adventure necessary to living and owning your story. Did you grow up entranced by Narnia, inspired by Disney, utterly consumed by Harry Potter? Perhaps, like I, you were told that these interests were “for fun”, when really, reflecting on my childhood and my choices, the combination of these fictional worlds have shaped my own. Heroine Training embraces fiction as necessary and relevant to reality. It’s for anyone accused of having one’s nose stuck in a book, who wants to prove to the world that such book-consumption is important and empowering.

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About the Headmistress

I’m Xandra, wanderer, Gryffindor, Disney princess. Raised in Boston, I followed my dream across the pond to read English at Oxford. I now live in Edinburgh, Scotland, my very own storybook city.

If I were a combination of two Disney characters I would be: Lady from Lady and the Tramp and Vanellope from Wreck-It Ralph.

Current television obsessions: Survivor, The Genius, Pretty Little Liars, and always: Gossip Girl and Gilmore girls

Music tracks on repeat these days: Taylor Swift’s 1989, Singing & Silence by Rorie, The Bangles

Favourite theatre experiences ever: Sleep No More and The Drowned Man by Punchdrunk, Pippin the musical imagined as a video game, Spamalot with most of the original cast, chasing Puck from scene to scene across an Oxford park in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Favourite super heroes: The Powerpuff Girls, Hit Girl, and Professor X

Favourite Dumbledore-ism: “Of course it’s happening in your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

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Official Bio

Xandra Robinson-Burns is a writer on a mission to unite fiction and reality. In 2013 she graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in English Language & Literature. In 2014 she delivered the TEDx talk, “How Harry Potter Saved My Life” at the University of Edinburgh, where she earned her master’s degree in Theatre and Performance Studies.

Xandra has been a media presence as a Harry Potter fan from her appearance on Boston television at age 11 to her contribution to The Guardian at age 24. She was on the winning team for LeakyCon 2011’s Harry Potter trivia competition, and currently serves as an expert consultant for London’s Harry Potter pub quiz “You’re a Quizzard Harry”.

While at Oxford she was the Editor of Oxford Theatre Review, reviewing plays in Oxford and for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, earning her the Kenneth Tynan Reviewing Prize for best student theatre critic.

As a child, (Ale)Xandra wrote, directed, and starred in a musical, founded a Shakespearean theatre troupe, and published Harry Potter newspaper The Daily Prophet to a hearty list of email subscribers.

Xandra is from Boston, Massachusetts, and currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her pet dinosaur, Little Guy, her unicorn, Lyra, and her Monkey, Steve.

email: xandra@heroinetraining.com

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