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Rewriting Fairy Tales



Michael Earp




Fairy tales told over and over hold supposedly universal truths about life. Within them are kernels to pluck out, examine, challenge and then plant in your own writing. Tales that capture our collective fascination do so at their own peril. They are ripe for scrutinising, especially so long after their spoken words were set in ink. They beg to be retold, to continue to evolve as they would have done in the mouths of storytellers. In this course, we’ll examine strategies for doing this.
Michael Earp smiles at the camera. They are wearing rainbow glasses and earrings and standing in front of a wall of pictures.
a portrait of Michael Earp


You can find details of how Covid-19 restrictions will affect the workshop here: https://writersvictoria.org.au/about-us/covid-19-information/. You are encouraged to wear a mask in the workshop space. The Wheeler Centre’s policy is that close contacts should not attend the building. If you are a close contact of somebody with Covid-19, or have Covid-19 symptoms yourself, please do not attend; please contact [email protected] to arrange a refund in this situation.

You Will Learn:

  • How to take a well-known fairy tale and mine it for a fresh angle.
  • What to highlight, and what to prune when re-writing.
  • Ways to work with (or against) archetypes and symbolism to emphasise less considered perspectives.
  • Approaches to blending multiple stories to create a coherent narrative.
  • That you can defy your source material, genre and all markers that make it recognisable.

About the Tutor:

Michael Earp is a non-binary writer living in Naarm, editor of the anthologies Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories and Everything Under The Moon: Fairy tales in a queerer light (October 2023). With a teaching degree and a Masters in children’s literature, they have worked between bookselling and publishing for twenty years and were named ABA Bookseller of the Year in 2021. Their writing has appeared in Archer, The Age, PopMatters, The Victorian Writer and Aurealis

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The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Victoria 3000 Australia


Phone: (03) 9917 8463
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 10 November 2023 - 4:00
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