“Not all Fantasy stories come from an empty box, instead; it comes from the heart of imagination.” - Daniel L. Lewis


ADULT (18+)
JULY 14TH 1:00-4:00PM

TEENS (14-18)
JULY 28TH 1:00-4:00PM

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How to Write Your Own Fairy Tale - Learn the art of creative writing

Have you ever wanted to write your own fairy tale? Or wondered what happens after "once upon a time?" This workshop will take you deep into the woods, and teach you some of the defining features of a fairy tale. You'll choose your favourite fairy tale, and learn about different ways you could adapt it. You'll also create your own characters and stories, and share them with the other participants. 

During the workshop you will discover:

  • The truth in your voice
  • The power of creative revision
  • The excitement of weaving conflict, action and mystery into your writing
  • The techniques of digging deeper and getting your words on the page
  • The adventure of creative flow

Whether you're a beginner or an expert, everyone will enjoy exploring the rich world of fairy tales. 

Supplies: Please bring a notebook and your favourite writing utensil. 

FACILITATED BY: Courtney Bates-Hardy

Courtney Bates-Hardy is the author of House of Mystery (ChiZine Publications, 2016), a collection of fairy tale poems, and Sea Foam, a chapbook of mermaid poems. She holds a Master's degree in Creative Writing from the University of Regina. Her poems have been published in a variety of literary magazines, including RoomCarousel, and On Spec. Her poems have been featured in Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing and longlisted for The Best Canadian Poetry 2015. She lives in Regina with her husband and their adorable cat.


Who is this class for?
YOU! Anyone. Everyone. This is a beginner class, you will be learning the basics of creative writing.

Do I already have to be a writer to do this?
No, this is a process driven experience, it is not about being "good" at creativity.

Do I need to bring anything?
Please bring a notebook and your favourite writing utensil.