English CTLL. “Telling and Retelling”: Reshaping and Remixing Myths and Fairy Tales

Instructor: Nick White
Thursday, 3:00-5:45pm | Location: 2 Arrow St 420
Enrollment: Limited to 12 students
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In this workshop, we will study how writers have taken classic stories (fairy tales, Greek tragedies, Shakespeare’s plays, epic poetry, parables from sacred texts) and retold them with a contemporary sensibility. In the first half of the semester, we will closely read exemplary short stories and novels by writers such as Angela Carter, Emma Donoghue, John Gardner, Helen Oyeyemi, and Kamila Shamsie. In the second half of the semester, we will workshop your own retellings: you will submit one flash piece and one longer story (around 5,000 words) to be workshopped. The final project will be a significant revision of the longer story. 

Supplemental Application Information:Prior experience writing fiction is helpful but not required. Please submit a writing sample of 3-5 pages of fiction, along with an application letter explaining your interest in this course, any writing experience you feel is relevant, and listing examples of work that moves and/or influences you, explaining why it does.

Apply via Submittable (deadline: 11:59pm EDT on Sunday, August 21)