Season of the Whale

October to December 2020: This course includes seven face-to-face workshops, spread out over eight weeks.

Workshops are capped at five participants per group (plus facilitator!)

The Season of the Whale is a series of seven interactive and generative workshops where you will explore fairy tales and other traditional tales, paired with strange and marvellous concepts. You’ll have an opportunity to workshop six new stories or poems, and (in the final week) a portfolio of work you’ve revised based on the workshop discussions. This is a supportive and generative workshop that combines reading, discussion, writing, and feedback.

What you get:

  • An introductory lesson exploring the history of the fairy tale, and various approaches to creating new works that draw on this rich and strange tradition.
  • Six lessons that combine a tale and a scientific or cultural concept, each of which includes traditional and contemporary tales, writing prompts, and stimulus information about the paired concept.
  • Seven face-to-face workshops, delivered via zoom and facilitated by The Storied Imaginarium’s passionate writers and teachers.
  • Access to a private FaceBook group where you can interact with your facilitator and fellow workshop participants.
  • Access to a shared drive to upload your stories for workshopping.
  • An opportunity to share and discuss six of your original stories, plus an extra week when you can resubmit a story you’ve revised on the basis of the workshop discussion.
  • Written and oral feedback on the six stories + portfolio that you submit from both your peers in the workshop, and your workshop facilitator, including advice on potential markets for your work.

Season of the whale tales:

  • Whale tales (of course!) including the whale chapters from Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio, Basile’s Nennillo and Nennalla, and more …
  • Hans Christian Andersen’s The Red Shoes
  • The Grimm Brothers’ The Fisherman and his Wife
  • The City of Brass (from One Thousand and One Nights)
  • The Grimm Brothers’ The Juniper Tree
  • Giambattista Basile’s The Sugar Bride (Pintosmalto)

More information will be available soon. But if you’d like to reserve your place in this workshop, don’t hesitate to email us.

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