ClassSomething Old, Something New: Writing the Fairytale
Why do the same stories draw us back again and again? Retellings of myth, fairytale, and folklore persist across centuries and genres, and modern writers are still digging up the same tales told thousands of years ago, shaking the dust off them, and trying to make them say something new. In this six week class, we'll examine the value of folklore, read modern retellings and some of the source material that inspired them, and draft our own stories.
Our reading list will focus on short fiction, though we may discuss some novel excerpts. We'll look at works by Carmen Maria Machado, Victor La Valle, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, and more, and look especially at how modern writers are bringing new perspectives and new forms to the genre. Class time will be about 50% reading and discussion, 25% in-class writing, and 25% feedback and reflection on writing. Students should finish the class with a complete draft of a retelling and teaching artist feedback.
Flex Classes are completely online and asynchronous, meaning you can complete the course work on your own schedule. They do run week-to-week so a cohort of students can work together, but you can log in any time during the week. There are no live meetings to schedule around, so these classes are ideal for people with unpredictable schedules. Because you can sign on any time during the week to complete your tasks, and because there is no live video conferencing, they are also a good option for people with unreliable Internet access.
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This class will use the wet.ink platform. Find out more here: https://wet.ink/demos