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427 E Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
United States




The Art of Recrafting Fairy Tales and Myth

(prompts for either creative writing or art projects)

Why do we keep reading and writing fairy tales? Tales such as “Cinderella,” “Snow White” and “Little Red Riding Hood” go back hundreds and in some cases thousands of years, yet they are more popular than ever. We see them in poetry, short stories, novels, television shows, movies, and even advertising. In this course, we will discuss the history of fairy tales, from the oral versions to literary fairy tales by writers such as Charles Perrault, Madame de Beaumont, the Brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Andersen. We will examine how modern writers such as Anne Sexton, Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, Seanan McGuire, Mari Ness, and Aimee Bender transform that tradition for a modern audience.

What makes fairy tales so powerful that we still tell them, after all this time? How do modern writers revise and re-envision them to make them relevant to our own era? In this course, you will read a variety of traditional and modern fairy tales, as well as critical analyses of fairy tales by scholars such as Marina Warner, Jack Zipes, and Maria Tatar. You will also write your own modern version of a traditional fairy tale. After the first three weeks of introduction to the history and development of some of the more familiar fairy tales in the canon, participants will have the opportunity to take the "path of the writer" or the "path of the artist" for thier final project. The final class will showcase these projects and will end with material designed to lead participants on a journey of further inquiry into the rich lore of the 'conte de fées.'

All of my modules are created in Word documents, and are embedded with hyperlinks. Students will need computer access. If this is not a possibility, a supply fee of $15 per person will cover printing costs.

Carina Bissett is a writer, poet, and educator working primarily in the fields of dark fiction and interstitial art. Her short fiction and poetry has been published in multiple journals and anthologies including Hath No Fury, Gorgon: Stories of Emergence, Mythic Delirium, NonBinary Review, and the HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. V and VI. She teaches online workshops at The Storied Imaginarium and she is a graduate of the Creative Writing MFA program at Stonecoast. Her work has been nominated for several awards including the Pushcart Prize and the Sundress Publications Best of the Net. Links to her work can be found at http://carinabissett.com.