Narrative Recycling: Retelling Familiar Stories
For as long as there have been stories, certain narratives have been retold throughout the ages in different styles, forms, and voices, often finding their way to us in the forms of folklore, fairytales, and myths. In this workshop, we'll look at how to use elements of mythology and folklore in our own writing, how allusions function, the different possible ways of structuring a retelling, as well as which aspects of the original story change in the retelling. We will examine stories by Carmen Maria Machado, Margaret Atwood, and Angela Carter, then discuss how these authors use familiar narratives to tell their own, new stories. Come prepared to engage with your favorite myths and fairytales! Participants will have an opportunity to practice using mythology and folklore in their own writing in response to several writing exercises. *Participants will be asked to read several short stories in advance of the class.
ELEANOR LANE holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Smith College. She won Literary Death Match's 2018 Bookmark Contest, Redivider's 2017 Blurred Genre Prize, and the Mary Augusta Jordan Prize in 2011. She has poetry published in Meat for Tea: The Valley Review and flash fiction in Redivider.
When: September 22 (1-4pm)
Where: Commons Coworking in Williamsburg MA