The short story has its origins in the world of fairy tales—the form often relegated to the realms of children despite its darkness. Fairy tales are some of the first “stories” we know, and the plots and characters are touchstones, instantly recognizable down to the lost slipper or the poison spindle. This familiarity makes these stories ripe for reinterpretation, recycling, retelling. But it’s not only fairy tale plots that are useful tools for the fiction writer; aspects of fairy tale craft heighten reality and add intrigue. In this generative workshop, you’ll create and share new work, and we’ll look at writers who work with fairy tale elements in their literary fiction. While we will be focusing on fairy tale based literary fiction, this class also welcomes those with an interest in fantasy and horror, or in young adult or children’s literature.
Margaret Patton Chapman is the author of a novella-in-flash, Bell and Bargain, published in 2014 as part of the collection My Very End of the Universe. Her very short fiction has appeared in Wigleaf, The Collagist, Smokelong, and the anthology The Way We Sleep, among others, and her music and arts reporting has been published in the Independent Weekly and the Austin Chronicle. She received her M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and taught writing as a Visiting Professor at Indiana University South Bend. She is prose editor for decomP magazine and lives in Durham, NC. Find more of her work at margaretpattonchapman.com.