Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion

Date: 10/31/18 – 12/12/18

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Open to All Levels

Genre: Fiction

• Regular: $210.00
• Member: $189.00
• Low-Income: $147.00

In both form and content, the fairy tale is an affront to "workshop craft." We can find subversive elements in the old stories. And we can subvert oppressive tropes in the new tales we write.

So let's learn a different sort of 'craft. We won't cast spells. Or will we? (Hint: All words are magic.) Themes of the class will include flatness, intuitive logic, abstraction, magic, evil, humor, world building, and endings (happy or otherwise). And of course, subversion.

We'll read work by writers such as Elizabeth Ruth Deyro, Jamey Hatley, Lily Hoang, W. Todd Kaneko, Janet Ha Kim, Kelly Link, Nnedi Okorafor, Helen Oyeyemi, Sofia Samatar, Nivedita Sekar, Jeremiah Tan, Liann Yim, Joy Williams, E. Lily Yu—with space left over for analysis of your own favorite fairy tales.

No class 11/21. Each session will feature examination of the fairy tale form, techniques for subversion, magical prompts and exercises, and time to practice what we uncover. Class registration includes attendance at the Loft discussion on Fairy Tales for Grown Ups, which will be held in the performance hall at Open Book, and will also be the class session on Wednesday, November 14, 7 p.m., with Sequoia Nagamatsu and Carter Meland, and moderated by the teaching artist.