Our Writing Education Specialist, local novelist Sharma Shields, has been a longtime fan of fairy tales. From classics like “Thumbelina” and “The Moon Child” to modern retellings like Pan’s Labyrinth and Boy, Snow, Bird, Sharma delights again and again in the tone, style, and magic of timeless tales.
In this program, Sharma will introduce various works of fiction and share writing prompts designed to help you create your own imaginative stories. Writers will examine what makes fairy tales so alluring and metaphorical while also subverting more notorious fairytale notions such as purity, gender binaries, and happy endings. Examples of what we'll discuss include Kate Bernheimer’s essay, “Fairy Tale is Form, Form is Fairy Tale,” as well as the work of Hans Christian Andersen and the Zora Neale Hurston folktale picture book, The Three Witches.
Bring your writing instrument of choice (pen & paper or laptop) and get ready to write imaginative tales all your own.
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We strive to make events welcoming for people of all abilities. To request accommodations, call the library at 509-444-5308.