Fairy tales are arguably one of the most important influences on contemporary writers from mainstream to experimental. This workshop introduces you to the basic techniques of fairy tales and seeks to help you employ them in your own writing. Poets, dramatists, and prose writers are welcome. We will open class with a screening and discussion of Jean Cocteau’s iconic fairy-tale film La Belle et La Bete. Please bring ten copies of your favorite traditional fairy tale (from any culture) to class as a touchstone story to work from.
Private 20-minute manuscript consultations are available for an additional $25 fee. All consultation fees will be donated by Kate Bernheimer to the Poetry Center. You and Kate will meet after the workshop to discuss strategies for rewriting your piece with an eye toward fairy-tale tropes. You may submit up to ten pages of writing, which must be either fairy-tale themed or fabulist in nature. If your manuscript is a novel excerpt, you must submit the first ten pages of the novel. Your manuscript must be submitted to the Poetry Center, along with registration and payment, by May 16.
Kate Bernheimer is the author of two novels, The Complete Tales of Ketzia Gold and The Complete Tales of Merry Gold; a third novel and story collection are forthcoming. She also edits fairy-tale anthologies, including My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, forthcoming from Penguin Books in fall 2010. She founded and edits the journal Fairy Tale Review and is Writer in Residence at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette each spring. She spends the rest of the year in Tucson
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