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Fairy Tales as Creative Springboard with Ursula Vernon

Date(s): Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (view map)
Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Fantasy, Fiction


About the Class

What can we learn from fairy tales as fiction writers? Whether it be strange characters, random  plots, or startling twists, fairy tales burn interesting and memorable paths into our psyches. How do we weave these curious societal impressions into our current stories of today and make them work? Join renowned author and illustrator, Ursula Vernon (T. Kingfisher), as she discusses ways to spin some of the more absurd elements of fairy tales into workable modern narratives. Bring your most bridegrooms and tortoise brides for this three-hour workshop designed to get your creative juices flowing!  

*Please note that, while this class is free to register, a limited number of seats are available. You must register for this class in order to attend.

Ursula's talk, Retelling Fairy Tales for Fun and Profit: An Author's Perspective takes place the previous day on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Burton Barr Central Library (1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) at 7:00 p.m. To learn more and RSVP, you can visit the event page.

Meet Your Instructor

Piper Center Distinguished Visiting Writer Ursula Vernon (T. Kingfisher)

Ursula Vernon is the author and illustrator of far more projects than is probably healthy. She has written over fifteen books for children, several novels for adults, an epic webcomic called “Digger” and various short stories and other odds and ends.

Her work has been nominated for the Eisner, World Fantasy, and longlisted for the British Science Fiction Awards. It has garnered a number of Webcomics Choice Awards, enough Junior Library Guild Selections to allow her to cosplay as a six-star general, and a mention in the New York Times, which she did not get tattooed to her forehead, despite her mother’s insistence.

Her webcomic “Digger” won the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story (2012) and the Mythopoeic Award (2013.) Her short story “Jackalope Wives” won the Nebula for Best Short Story, the Coyotl Award, and the WSFA Small Press Award (2015.) Her series Dragonbreath won the Sequoyah Award for Children’s Literature, and her series Hamster Princess has been nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award and made the Amelia Bloomer List for feminist children’s literature. Her stand-alone novel Castle Hangnail won the Mythopoeic Award for Children’s Literature in 2016. Her novelette “The Tomato Thief” won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 2017. 

Her current project is the Hamster Princess series of books for kids. She also writes for adults under the name T. Kingfisher.