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Write Your Own Fairy Tale

on March 8, 2012

An upcoming class at Writers On the Net, “Write Your Own Fairy Tale” looks like it would provide some good material for those looking for a class. It’s a five-week class and costs $200.

To register or find out more, check out the Writers on the Net Website

Write Your Own Fairy Tale (5 weeks)

Have you ever wanted to go back and edit the script of your life — or even just a segment of it? Got imagination? What would it look like if you envisioned your own story as a “happily ever after” or at least a more powerful version of what may, in fact, only appear as “real”? In retelling our own lifes as myths and fairy tales – our beginnings, environment, family and past choices – might we become stronger, more capable or at least more at peace?

Fairy tales enable us to pass through the dark and shadowy, even frightening times and transitions of our lives. They make us aware of the unseen and are fodder for our personal growth. They are fertilizer for our dreams. We’ll follow the imagination of great fairy tale writers like Hans Christian Andersen and C.S. Lewis, and peer into the traditions of Original Peoples to re-imagine, re-shape or embellish our so-called “real” stories. We’ll look at the work of Clarissa Estes, author of Women Who Run with the Wolves, to inspire us to dare our way forward. She says, “stories are medicine.” How might your life stories, as grist for your mill, be reframed to give you healing, courage or faith?

Class Outline

Week 1: Re-Frame a Story in Many colors.

Are you bewildered, but brave? In this class, you’ll find yourself wearing the Ruby slippers and flourishing a writing pen. Together, we learn to recognize fairy tales that have influenced us, see personal archetypes present in myth and folklore. We begin to write from our own mythic imagination/ emotion.

Week 2: Embrace Your Shadow Side.

Every story has a “problem.” (No problem, no story.) What’s less-than, hurting, dark, or menacing in your story? Of what are you most fearful? Who is your villain? What sinister characters do you meet on the yellow brick road? In what divergent ways might you respond? Find out as you write yourself forward.

Week 3: Shed New Light on It

Your story will be influenced by the quality of the light in your picture. As the light changes, so does the way you see. Images may shift from murky to textured, to magical or mystical. In darkness, infrared photographic “filters” induce night-vision illumination. Are you looking deep, deeper, deepest?

Week 4: Become the Hero of Your Own Life.

How will you engage your heroic moment? Once you commit, you experience things that otherwise never would occur. What ups-and- downs unfold to test your dreams and intentions? Casting fears aside, use the climax to see yourself in an entirely new way, or merely tweak the past to vitalize your dreams.

Week 5: Write a renewed “ever-after”.

Complete your story; it is your gift to yourself. How did chance, or destiny, play a part in your fairy tale? In what ways did you enable your own heroic ever-after? What symbol or archetype has arisen for you? How might you enable a stream of wisdom/healing to flow through you in other fairy tales?


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