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All Levels. Plot is challenging, which is why many writers adapt plots from classic tales to tell stories. Jewish tradition abounds in juicy tales you can use to deepen or build a story. We’ll look at the origin, classic telling, a retelling, and a contemporary reworking of three tales: Lilith, the golem, and the Mysterious Stranger. Participants will choose one, write a story around it, work on how to use the tale effectively—and learn about plot along the way.
Mary Lane Potter is the author of A Woman of Salt: A Novel (2001 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection) and Strangers and Sojourners: Stories from the Lowcountry. She was awarded a Washington State Arts Commission/Artist Trust Fellowship and MacDowell and Hedgebrook residencies.
Potter’s nonfiction has appeared in River Teeth, Witness, Tiferet, Spiritus, SUFI Journal, Leaping Clear, Feminist Studies in Religion, SIGNS, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Minerva Rising, Hevria, and others. She’s currently completing a book of essays on the body/spirit tangle.