Winter 2018: Writing Contemporary Fairy Tales

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Winter 2018: Writing Contemporary Fairy Tales


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Sunday, February 18, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington
Limited to 12 students

Fairy tales have long been rich source material for stories. In this class, students will read short stories by contemporary masters Angela Carter and Kate Bernheimer. Participants will also explore fairy tale techniques Bernheimer outlines in her craft essay “Fairy Tale is Form, Form is Fairy Tale,” including flatness, everyday magic, and intuitive logic. They will apply these techniques to character, landscape, and structure in their own retellings or original tales.

Students will leave class with rough drafts of three fairy tales and a list of magazines publishing the form.

Anca L. Szilágyi’s fiction appears in Gastronomica, Fairy Tale Review, Washington City Paper, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction appears in Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, Jewish in Seattle, Kirkus,and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from Made at Hugo House, Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4Culture, and Artist Trust. The Stranger hailed Anca as one of the “fresh new faces in Seattle fiction.” Her debut novel is Daughters of the Air (Lanternfish Press, 2017).