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Building Fiction with Fairy Tales

Everyone knows at least a few fairy tales by heart, thanks in part to Walt Disney. Those Disney versions, cleaned up and sanitized, often follow conventional film (and fiction) rules. But the original fairy tales as written are far older, far stranger, and far more interesting when it comes to filling up our fiction toolbox. During this hour, we’ll talk about the rules of structure of fairy tales, how they got they why and how they’ve changed, and how we can use many of the elements in fairy tales to riff on, or as constraints, or as inspiration to build our own strange and resilient fictions. 

Instructor: Amber Sparks is the author of And I Do Not Forgive You: Stories and other Revenges and The Unfinished World. Her fiction and essays have appeared in American Short FictionParis ReviewTin HouseGranta, and elsewhere. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, daughter, and two cats.


Details: Building Fiction with Fairy Tales takes place Saturday February 17 from 10-11 am online via zoom

Prerequisite: None

Genre: Fiction

Level: All levels.

Format: Craft talk.

Location: This class takes place online via zoom

Size: Limited to 35 participants.

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 11.

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