Fairytales

 1. Seminar: Fairytales

Fairy tales have never known geographical, disciplinary or cultural borders. In many ways, they provide a model for thinking about storytelling on a transnational level long before comparative literature began transforming itself into world literature. As the simple expression of complex thought, fairy tales have increasingly become the focus of intense scholarly inquiry. This class explores the historical origins, cultural dissemination and psychological power of fairy stories, and offer model interpretations of tales from a variety of traditions and sources, including Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm and the One Thousand and One Nights.

3. Genre: Close Reading

This ten-week course discusses the primary texts of the Fairytale genre. Some weeks are accompanied by a screening of a movie in class that brings older themes into today’s culture and shows how fairytales influence storytelling today. Some of the authors read and discussed may include the following: Marie-Catherine d’Aulnoy, Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, Nathanial Hawthorne, Walt Disney, Italo Calvino, Anne Sexton, Raold Dahl, and more.

4. Toolbox: Structuring the Fairy Tale

This class discusses the format of fairy tales and how to write them, with a focus on the hero, the villain, magical elements, faraway places, wish granting, problem solving, and the power of threes and sevens.

5. Practicum:

In this course, you will produce your own pieces of creative writing for workshop review and feedback from your classmates and instructor. We take a “fly on the wall” approach to the workshop in which the author of the piece being discussed is allowed to only listen to the feedback and discussion of the readers. In other words, your writing stands on its own and speaks for itself; you are not permitted to explain or defend the piece. This approach to the workshop allows authors the rare opportunity to hear readers’ reactions to their own writing without feeling pressure to discuss their piece, inspiration, backstory, or offer further insight or defense of what they have written.

4th Year students: This semester, you are assigned a supervisor who will work with you on a weekly basis to help you achieve three things: a rough draft of your manuscript, a treatment (outline, chapter summaries), and a polished query letter.

6. Business: Publication Preparation

4th Year Students: With your supervisor, you will create a submissions calendar of the agents/publishers whom you will begin querying, and then begin querying them.