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Twice Told Tales: Plot Archetypes in Fiction

Jasmine Griffin, Instructor

Mondays: September 16 through November 18

In this workshop, writers will explore classic character and plot archetypes as well as ways to create modern versions of these stories and characters that cater to a contemporary audience. We will ask ourselves what makes these tales so timeless, how they overlap cross-culturally and how to make these recycled tales refreshing. We will discuss the dangers of clichés. We will read short story examples of these archetypes in both classic and contemporary voices. We will develop writing prompts to accompany these tropes and write shorts pieces for workshop for later sessions. At the end we will do an overview of the value of these tales and how we can use them while still staying true to our own original writing styles and unique voices.

Members and non-library members who register for the course have the choice to participate in either the writing group, the reading group or both. Each weekly session will last two hours, the first hour covering the reading group session and the second covering the writing group session. There will be a fifteen-minute break in between sessions. If you are not interested in a topic you may skip the week it corresponds with but if you are in attendance we ask that you actively participate. Participants will be divided into small cohorts in groups of either four or five depending on attendance for both workshop and reading sessions. Discussion questions and access to reading material will be provided prior to sessions. Writing prompts will be provided during sessions. Participants may workshop either a prompt piece or an original piece (as long as it pertains to the weekly topic) but pieces must be a minimum of 800 words and no more than 2,000 words. Pieces may be printed out or shared with the group via Google Docs.

Available ONLY as series. Registration required via ticketing, or call 513-621-0717.

Members: $100, Nonmembers $155 which includes a membership.

About Jasmine Griffin:

In addition to being the Mercantile Library membership coordinator, Jasmine Griffin is an avid reader and aspiring author. She is currently working on her MFA in Creative Writing at Wilkes University. She enjoys writing and reading fantasy, speculative fiction, Southern gothic, historical fiction, and magical realism.  Jasmine was recently published in the lit magazines Eunoia Review and Cleaning Up Glitter. She wishes to diversify the genres in which she writes and tell stories that expand her reader’s perspective. Her favorite authors are Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, Gabriel García Márquez, Neil Gaiman, Nnedi Okorafor and Ursula K. Le Guin.  At present, she’s also writing her first novel, Blackbird at the Crossroads, which incorporates African mythology, African American folktales and Southern Crossroads lore. A Cincinnati native, she resides in Amelia, Ohio with her familiars, Tabby cats, Honey and Oliver.

Reading List
*All reading material will be provided by instructor prior to the corresponding week. Each text will either be given by print out or is available online and will be linked by instructor prior to the date of discussion.



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