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Howe Writing Workshop: Mything Our Lives: Using Myth and Fairy Tales In Telling Our Lives

Howe Writing Workshop: Mything Our Lives: Using Myth and Fairy Tales In Telling Our Lives In-Person

The second of a series of three writing workshops led by Shanta Lee.  
Online via Zoom.
Registration Required. Please email jared.jenisch@thehowe.org to register.

Mything Our Lives: Using Myth and Fairy Tales In Telling Our Lives

In what ways is The Little Mermaid also about one choosing one’s own fate regardless of brutal consequence? How can we see the metaphor of Snow White and her sleep as a way of thinking about the hard bumps in the road we need to encounter before we awake to another kind of reality? Was Alice in Wonderland more about an inward journey toward a sturdier self more than anything else?

When we look into the heart of fairy tales or myths  that have shaped our lives, we can see many kernels of truth and lesson that relate to the very real world. We also see more hints of this based on the many re-tellings that seek to endear us to and humanize the so-called wrong doer.  Within this workshop, we will be pulling from some of our most beloved myths and fairy tales and connect what lies beneath to our own very real lives. 

Within this introduction, we will explore:

  • Some of the insights of tales and myths as shared by experts to set context in terms of how we consider them for our writing.
  • Techniques for taking the vehicle of fairy tale or myth and applying it to our own lives
  • Writing some of our own stories (or at least an excerpt) using some tools that we have discussed in the workshop.

Shanta Lee is a writer of poetry, creative nonfiction, journalism, a visual artist and public intellectual actively participating in the cultural discourse with work that has been widely featured. She is also the creator and producer of Vermont Public’s “Seeing...the Unseen and In-Between within Vermont’s Landscape” and is a regular contributor to Ms. Magazine and Art New England. Shanta Lee is also the author of the poetry collection, GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues, winner of the 2020 Diode Press full-length book prize and the 2021 Vermont Book Award. Shanta Lee has an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, an MBA from the University of Hartford and an undergraduate degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality from Trinity College.  

Sunday, March 19, 2023
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)

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