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Reshaping & Retelling

with Lish McBride

Genres: Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story


Open to all levels

6 Sessions

Start Date: July 25, 2024
End Date: September 5, 2024
No Class: (skip days) 8/29/2024
Day of Week: Thursday
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
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General Price: $386.00

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“I love dissecting and rebuilding fairytales and myths to bring out new or different things to say to the reader…I also love the aspect of play that this involves, and I think sometimes writers forget that the act of creation is first and foremost play." – Lish McBride, Hugo House instructor & author of Curses (Beauty & the Beast retelling) 

Lover of fables, myths, fairy tales, or classic books? Using our favorite stories as containers for our writing, we’ll deconstruct classic tales—looking at character, plot, point of view, setting, genre, themes, and more—reimagine their elements, and weave them into fresh, fun retellings of our own. Through craft discussion and generative writing exercises, students will leave with several story starts and a toolkit to take their project from idea to finished product.  

This class includes:  

  • Craft Discussion: teachers and students explore essential elements of the craft. 
  • Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments. 

Some famous stories you may (or may not) know were retellings: 

  • 10 Things I Hate About You (film; retelling of Taming of the Shrew
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence (film; retelling of Pinocchio
  • Black Swan (film; retelling of Swan Lake
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (novel; retelling of Beauty & The Beast
  • Dragon Ball Z (manga/anime; retelling of Journey to the West
  • The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White (novel; retelling of Arthurian Legends) 
  • Immortal Longings by Chloe Gong (novel; retelling of Antony and Cleopatra
  • How to be Eaten by Maria Adelmann (novel; retelling of Bluebeard, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel & Gretel
  • Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (novel; retelling of Arthurian Legends) 
  • The Matrix (film; retelling of Alice in Wonderland
  • Most Ardently by Gabe Cole Novoa (novel; retelling of Pride & Prejudice
  • Pretty Woman (film; retelling of Cinderella
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi (novel; retelling of Pride & Prejudice
  • Suspiria (film; retelling of Bluebeard, Pinocchio, and Alice in Wonderland
  • These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong (novel; retelling of Romeo and Juliet
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh (novel; retelling of One Thousand and One Nights

Students say… 

“Lish knows her shit and had lots of examples and references at hand. I also appreciated how much she checked in with us to make sure our needs were being met and what lecture subjects would better support us. She went above and beyond in several ways.” 

“Lish is an incredible instructor. She's really great about bringing writers in, creating a safe community, and helping writers to explore in and out of their comfort zone. I haven't always felt that way in workshops, so I really appreciated having this in this class. Lectures were helpful, and I really appreciated Lish's insight into publishing.” 

Registration Dates:  

  • June 25: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT  
  • July 2: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT  
  • July 9: Last day of early bird registration 
Lish McBride

Lish McBride

Lish McBride is the author of funny and creepy young adult books such as Hold Me Closer, Necromancer; Necromancing the Stone; Firebug; Pyromantic; and the upcoming Curses. She has a BFA in creative writing from Seattle University and an MFA from the University of New Orleans.

Each class description includes a breakdown of what you can expect in terms of in-class activity, feedback, and homework (if any). 

Generative means you’ll be generating new writing, either in class or at home between classes.

Workshop means you’ll be sharing work to be read and critiqued by your instructor and classmates and that you will also be critiquing the work of your peers. 

Reading means you’ll be doing close reading of a work with an eye toward craft. 

Craft discussion means you’ll be looking at the tools writers use to do that thing they do so well and then trying it out yourself.

Class levels are designed for various stages of the writing journey. Simply self-select the level that sounds best for where you’re at. 

Introductory: This is your first creative writing workshop, first writing class since high school, or first foray into a new genre or form. You’re looking to try something new, kickstart your writing, and/or establish yourself in the fundamentals.

Intermediate: You have a strong understanding of writing fundamentals and are eager to deep dive into craft. You’re honing your writerly identity and voice through independent projects. In workshop, you look for constructive feedback and are ready to do writing and reading outside of class.

Advanced: You’ve written a significant body of work and have taken it through several stages of revision. You’re getting ready to publish or are in the early stage of publishing, and you’re interested in refining the skills that will take you to the next level in the literary industry.

All Levels: You are any of the above and are looking to play with new possibilities.

You’ll get your class information, including Zoom link if applicable, three days before the first day of class.

Write With Hugo House is our free monthly write-in program, operated in partnership with the Seattle Public Library. Two take place onsite at SPL locations, one takes place online. 

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Asynchronous classes are perfect for students that need flexibility!

During an asynchronous class, instructors release new lessons once per week. Students then have one week to complete that lesson and any accompanying coursework. You’ll learn as much as you would in a traditional class but with the flexibility to work at the best times for your schedule!

While there are no live sessions, asynchronous classes are still a lively and rigorous experience. Async classes are not static lessons but an adaptable and energetic community space. Be ready to work in a collaborative environment, giving and receiving feedback on your writing, participating in discussions, and growing your writing practice in a way that works best for you.

Asynchronous classes take place through the website Wet Ink. Students receive an invitation to the class and to set up a Wet Ink account on the start date of the class. Each week of the class, a new lesson will be available through the Wet Ink portal. Classes close two weeks after the end date, and students receive an email containing their content from the class when it closes.

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