Writing New Myths—Multi-Genre Writing Sourced from Folk and Fairytales

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Writing New Myths—Multi-Genre Writing Sourced from Folk and Fairytales

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Instructor: Sarah Blackman
Class name: Writing New Myths- Multi-Genre Writing Sourced from Folk and Fairytales
Class sessions: Four (4) consecutive two-hour classes
Class time:  TBA
Class dates:  Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16 and 23 (2017)
Location: Downtown Greenville, TBA
Class minimum 4 students, class maximum 20 students

Class Description: Any child can tell you that the stories you hear first, the ones your mother reads to you in the dark as you are falling asleep, are the ones that capture and shape your imagination. Whether we are pricking our finger on a rose, begging a golden ball from the webbed hands of a frog, or sleeping tucked snugly in our thimble, the folk and fairy tales of our childhood can become potent symbols in, metaphors of or blueprints for the writing we do in our adult years. In this group of four generative workshops, we will read poems, prose and creative non-fiction from the likes of Kate Bernheimer, Kelly Link, Brigit Pegeen Kelly and Georges Chateau-Reynaud, among others, that reiterates, respeaks, reimagines or rewrites an older story from the folk or fairy realm. Then, we will try our hand at doing the same through a series of instructor led exercises that will help each student build their own fairy tale project. This class intends to create beginnings so, while there will of course be class and instructor feedback on your work, we will be more focused on putting ourselves in the position to begin a project we can complete on our own after the class has ended.

Bio: Sarah Blackman has been the Director of Creative Writing at the Fine Arts Center since 2008. She is the co-fiction editor of DIAGRAM, the online magazine of experimental fiction, poetry and schematics, and the founding editor of Crashtest, an arts and literary magazine for high school age teens. Her poetry and fiction has been published or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Oxford American, the Missouri Review, Conjunctions, The Gettysburg Review and The Georgia Review, among other journals, and has been anthologized in Poets Against the War Anthology, Best New American Voices, 2006, Metawritings; Toward a Theory of Nonfiction, and xoOrpheus: Fifty New Myths which was nominated for a World Fantasy Award in 2014. Her short story collection Mother Box and Other Tales was the winner of the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Award in 2012 and was published by Fc2 in 2013. Her novel, HEX, was published by the same press in 2016.