Posted April 2017

Contemporary Fairy Tales


Fairy tales offer rich sources of inspiration for writers. We’ll read a short-short story by a contemporary master of the fairy tale, Angela Carter, and explore techniques such as everyday magic, intuitive logic, and archetypes. A writing prompt based on these concepts will give participants the opportunity to put them into practice. The lecture will also include recommendations for further reading and magazines interested in publishing fairy tales.

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Contemporary Fairy Tales

Fairy tales offer rich sources of inspiration for writers. We’ll read a short-short story by a contemporary master of the fairy tale, Angela Carter, and explore techniques such as everyday magic, intuitive logic, and archetypes. A writing prompt based on these concepts will give participants the opportunity to put them into practice. The lecture will also include recommendations for further reading and magazines interested in publishing fairy tales.

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About Anca Szilágyi

Anca L. Szilágyi is the author of Daughters of the Air, which The Seattle Times calls "a deeply personal story against the surreal backdrop of [Argentina’s Dirty War]” and Shelf Awareness calls "a striking debut from a writer to watch." Her essays and short stories appear in Salon, Los Angeles Review of Books, Lilith Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the inaugural Artist Trust / Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award as wells grants and fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Made at Hugo House, and Jack Straw Cultural Center. Originally from Brooklyn, she currently lives in Seattle where she teaches creative writing at Hugo House and online in the MA program in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. Find her at ancawrites.com.