Playing with Tales: Two-Day Writing Workshop

Sep 22, 2pm - 4:30pm

Playing with Tales: Two-Day Writing Workshop photo

New Date: Sat Sep 22 & 29, 2-4:30pm

Two-Day Workshop Fee: $35; $20 (WAM Members, Classroom Teachers, College Students)

Long before Disney gave us pastel princesses designed to enchant children, the Brothers Grimm recorded versions of old stories fearsome enough to frighten grown-ups. In this workshop, revisit a few of the Grimms’ tales and discuss how their themes have influenced the stories we still tell and read today. After closely examining selected artworks in the exhibition Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World, play with writing exercises intended to lead us toward composing tales of our own. Participants may develop a complete story; however, doing so is not required. The workshop will emphasize having fun and sparking creativity—writers of all levels are welcome.

Julia Ridley Smith’s short stories and essays have appeared most recently in the New England Review, Southern Cultures, and the Greensboro Review. New work is forthcoming in the Alaska Quarterly Review and Ecotone. She teaches in the English Department at UNC Greensboro, serves as a volunteer docent at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, and is an associate editor at Bull City Press.  

Pre-registration is required. Contact Terri Dowell-Dennis at or call 336-256-1449.

This program is supported by the Charlotte W. Toler Art Education Endowment.

Dread & Delight public programs are sponsored in part by the UNCG School of Art; Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies; and Department of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures. Additional support comes from Elon University and Lincoln Financial Foundation.

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