Craft Talk

Building Fiction with Fairy Tales

Amber Sparks

Everyone knows at least a few fairy tales by heart, thanks in part to Walt Disney. Those Disney versions, cleaned up and sanitized, often follow conventional film (and fiction) rules. But the original fairy tales as written are far older, far stranger, and far more interesting when it comes to filling up our fiction toolbox. During this hour, we’ll talk about the rules of structure of fairy tales, how they got that way and how they’ve changed, and how we can use many of the elements in fairy tales to riff on, or as constraints, or as inspiration to build our own strange and resilient fictions.


Details: Building Fiction with Fairy Tales takes place Saturday February 17 from 10-11 am online via zoom

Prerequisite: None

Genre: Fiction

Level: All levels.

Format: Craft talk.

Location: This class takes place online via zoom

Size: Limited to 35 participants.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

Saturday, February 17, 2024
10:00 am
12:00 PM
Class Level:
All Levels
All Levels
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Amber Sparks

Amber Sparks is the author of several short story collections, including The Unfinished World and Other Stories, and I Do Not Forgive You (Liveright). Her essays and fiction can be found widely in print and online, in places like The Paris Review, NYMag, Granta, and Tin House.

This class takes place online via Zoom

Cleveland OH

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