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Contemporary Fairy Tales

Fairy tales have long been rich source material for stories. In this class, we’ll read contemporary takes from Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood, Alissa Nutting, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, and more. We’ll also touch on appreciations of the form from Fairy Tale Review editor Kate Bernheimer, exploring techniques such as flatness, everyday magic, and intuitive magic. In the last two classes, students will have the opportunity to workshop their own fairy tales.

Hugo House is temporarily moving! May 19 is the last date Hugo House will hold classes at its current location. Starting May 20, Hugo House classes will be held at 1021 Columbia Street, Seattle, WA 98104.

This class will be held at Hugo House First Hill: 1021 Columbia Street, Seattle, WA 98104.

Instructor: Anca Szilágyi

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 05/25/2016

End Date: 06/29/2016

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Anca Szilágyi

Anca L.Szilágyi's fiction appears in Gastronomica, Fairy Tale Review, Washington City Paper, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction appears in Electric Literature, Kirkus, and on the Ploughshares blog. She was awarded an inaugural Made at Hugo House fellowship, a 4Culture grant, and a 2015 Jack Straw fellowship. The Stranger hailed Anca as one of the "fresh new faces in Seattle fiction." Her debut novel, Daughters of the Air, will be published by Lanternfish Press in December 2017.

Teaching philosophy: Compassion is at the heart of both good teaching and good writing. Having an open mind to students’ needs and desires is essential to helping them get inspired and stretch their minds and their art. Variety and flexibility, therefore, drive my approach to teaching writing. I am committed to bringing students a range of practical tools and creative stimuli.

Writers I return to: Anton Chekhov and Mavis Gallant, Jorge Luis Borges and Italo Calvino, Margaret Atwood and Angela Carter

Favorite writing advice: "Whenever you're stuck in a piece of writing, think of what's most unholy. Then do that." -Heather McHugh

Past Student Feedback:
“I really enjoyed your class. It’s the most helpful one I’ve taken to date, and in large part because of the time you take for individual feedback. I also thought the story selection for readings was spot-on, and the exercises were fun and generative. I have a few new stories from those exercises that I’m excited to delve into further.”

“Anca is incredibly knowledgeable and kind in her critiques. I learned a lot just reviewing stories with her and the class. This has directly affected my own writing.”

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