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Andrew McDonald: Write your own Grim Reaper (and other fairy tales, myths and legends)

Session Info:

Retellings of well-known fables and stories can be wonderful to read – and just as much fun to write.

This session explores the question of how to retell and reinterpret fairy tales, myths and legends to make them your own.

Using fairy tales, Aesop’s fables and commonplace legends (such as King Arthur, the Pied Piper of Hamlin, Frankenstein and the Grim Reaper) as examples, reinterpretations of well-known stories are explored, discussed and dissected. Students then learn how to reinterpret stories themselves, through creative writing exercises that culminate in each student writing a short story featuring their own, unique twist on an existing fable or legend.

This is a fun, interactive and productive workshop ideal for middle and upper-primary and lower-secondary students.

Topics covered:

* Storytelling

* Idea generation

* Fantasy writing

* Mixing fantasy and real-life elements in writing

* Creative writing elements – characters, place, voice


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