Adapting Fairy Tales and Public Domain Classics into Original Fiction with Midnight Voss

Craft Adapting Fairy Tales and Public Domain Classics into Original Fiction with Midnight Voss

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  1. Characters
  2. Description/Setting
  3. Structure
  4. GMC
  5. Plotting
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Class Length
4 Weeks
From well-worn fairytales to far flung fantasy, the tradition of drawing from beloved stories to create new and striking iterations has a long history. At the core of this story obsession are familiar tropes and relationship dynamics that keep us coming back to similar stories time and again.

In this class, we will break down some of these tropes and discuss various strategies for spinning your own versions of these yarns and making them golden. Furthermore, throughout the class, we look at case studies of books and occasionally visual media that employ different methods for adapting older stories into an engaging tale that will draw in readers and keep them wanting more.
This is a four week course that will meet roughly twice per week with discussion and exercises. We will cover the following topics:

● How often-retold stories come to “feel true”
● Ways of working with or against “narrative fidelity” in a familiar story: Reinvention, Recreation, Subversion, and Kitchen-Sink
● Making use of emotional resonances within stories from affect saturated symbols and objects
● Familiarizing yourself with major tropes used in fairytales
● Creating a coherent in-narrative world for your adaptation
● Planning your adaptation through structure, theme, and reference
Class Format
Savvy Authors' workshops are held on a forum: a bulletin board based system. You will receive a reminder notice one day prior to the start of the workshop that includes instructions on how to access the workshop forum. If you have not received instructions by the day the workshop begins, please check your spam filter.

The forum will be available the morning (EST) of the day the workshop starts and will remain accessible to all participants thereafter. You will also be given simple instructions on how to create a PDF of all your discussions along with our privacy and data retention policy.
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Start date
Nov 6, 2023 at 9:00 AM
End date
Dec 4, 2023 at 12:50 AM
Registration end date
Nov 9, 2023 at 12:50 AM
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This was one of the most useful classes I've taking with SA. Possibly because I'm working on an adaptation, however Midnight Voss pointed out things and asked and answered questions I had not even thought about. It was insightful and I'm currently working my way down the list of resources they provided. Will definitely be on the look out for more classes by MV.