Writing and rewriting fairytales

Course Dates: 01/05/21 - 02/05/21
Time: 14:00 - 16:30
Location: Online

Once upon a time there was a City Lit workshop led by a romance author who loved fairytales. Her quest: to inspire writers to pen stories of love, fear, forests, revenge, dragons, witches, kings, queens, frogs and magic.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

Ever wanted to write your own fairytale? This writing workshop is designed for those courageous enough to explore the timeless tropes of the fairytale genre and conjure up wicked ways of subverting them on the page.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- The tropes of the fairytale genre.
- Plotting your own fairytale.
- Subverting the fairytale genre.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Understand the key tropes of the fairytale genre.
- Plot your own fairytale using approaches suggested by the tutor.
- Write the opening to your own fairytale.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a creative writing course for beginners. Students will need to be able to write in fluent English and would benefit from some awareness of techniques used in creative writing.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Students will be taught through a mixture tutor presentation, class and pair discussion, group work, extract analysis and regular writing exercises throughout the day.

All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day, regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring writing materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offer a range of genre fiction courses including writing fantasy stories, crime writing, magical realism and romance. For more information please browse the writing section on our website.

All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

The course tutor had a great depth of knowledge, she was friendly and approachable and made the class very informative but fun. She gave us multiple ways of approaching things, and encouraged us to think for ourselves. I came away feeling inspired and excited to continue to try out what I had learned. Highly recommended.
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Review by Natalie F / (Posted on 29/07/2019)
Definitely recommended. Go prepared to challenge yourself and have fun.
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Review by Penny / (Posted on 29/07/2019)
Writing and Rewriting Fairytales was a comprehensive, engaging, and interesting course. I definitely recommend it, both for spurring your own creativity and for learning about the tropes and stories that we all gravitate towards.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 28/07/2019)
Excellent and magical
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Review by Rach / (Posted on 16/05/2019)
A good taster. Gets you started thinking practically about writing. But no pressure to perform !
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Review by JW / (Posted on 13/05/2019)
Great way of approaching fairy tale from a modernist perspective
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 13/05/2019)
This is a great course that provides the basics of plot structure as well as the tropes of Fairytales. Our tutor encouraged us to think about ways the tropes can be used and subverted.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/05/2019)
Engage fully with the exercises in order to get the most out of it.
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Review by JJC / (Posted on 11/02/2019)
I'd recommend it.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/02/2019)
I really enjoyed this course and got lots of ideas about how to use fairytales to create new stories, how to plot a satisfying story and create a character to carry the heart of that story. The tutor provided engaging group and individual exercises and gave us a wealth of information and ideas to follow up on after the class.
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Review by West London Writer / (Posted on 29/08/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Helen Cox Tutor Website

Helen Cox is a Yorkshire-born novelist and poet. She started out as a self-published author and has since been published widely in journalism, non-fiction and poetry. Helen currently writes novels for Quercus Books and has taught creative writing for more than a decade. She holds an MA in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of York St John and has been invited to speak on numerous radio programmes including BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: HW566

Please choose a course date 

Sat-Sun, day, 01 May - 02 May '21

Duration: 2 sessions

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £69.00
Concession: £28.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions? writing@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2717

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