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Once Upon a Time: Writing the Modern Fairy Tale

Date: 3/29/18 – 5/3/18

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Day of the Week: Thursday

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

Fairy tales offer a specific kind of magic—they're a way to understand the dark undercurrents of our world and even offer tools to subvert them. Whether you've already been working in the modern fairy tale form or just think you'd like to, this class is for you. Each class, we'll study two fairy tales in relation to a specific element of craft, deepening our understanding of storytelling. Then, we'll transition into writing our own fairy tales, with each session featuring two specific, magical prompts to get things started.

Themes of the class will include character, flatness, intuitive logic, abstraction, magic, darkness/evil, humor, world building and subversion, and endings (happy or otherwise). Readings for class will include work by Isabel Allende, Angela Carter, Jamey Hatley, Lily Hoang, Kelly Link , Nnedi Okorafor, Helen Oyeyemi, Liann Yim, Joy Williams—and maybe even the Brothers Grimm. This class is for any writer who wants to gain a deeper and more nuanced understanding of storytelling. Those who love to write fairy tales will love it—because that's what we'll do. But even those who want to write more realistically will benefit from studying this style.