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“It’s All Been Done Before: Finding Inspiration in Mythology, Fairy Tales, and Other Famous Stories” with P.J. Hoover

December 4 2021 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CST

$49.00 – $109.00

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$49 for Members
$109 for Non-Members

All registrants will have access to the class recording for one month.

Since the beginning of time, humans have shared stories to explain the world around them.

What makes the sun rise? Why are there four seasons in the year? What happens to us after we die? These stories formed the basis for religions and folklore for every civilization in the history of time. And aside from being an interesting look at how ancient humans viewed the world, they provide us, as writers, with some amazing source material to pull from when crafting stories of our own.

Whether your interest lies in mythology, be it Greek, Norse, or Chinese, folklore, such as Paul Bunyan and Robin Hood, or fairy tales, like Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel, taking these stories and creating something unique for today’s audience of readers can be clever, rewarding, and fun. And best of all, you will never run out of source material.

In this class, we’ll look not only at inspired ideas but at how to take those ideas and come up with something original. We’ll challenge the stereotypes. We’ll twist any fact that comes our way. And we will question everything. Bring ideas you already have or come looking to be inspired. And most of all, come prepared to look beyond the cliché and chisel out those unique stories that will stay with readers for years to come.

TAKE THIS CLASS IF

  • You love mythology, folklore, or fairy tales.
  • You want your stories to stand out in the market.
  • You aren’t sure what to write next.
  • You are looking to hone your writing craft and escape clichés.

The deadline to register for this class is Friday, December 3 at 5:00 PM CST.

Instructor

P. J. (Tricia) Hoover wanted to be a Jedi, but when that didn't work out, she became an electrical engineer instead. After a fifteen year bout designing computer chips for a living, P. J. started creating worlds of her own. She's the award-winning author of The Hidden Code, a Da Vinci Code-style young adult adventure with a kick-butt heroine, and Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life, featuring a fourteen-year-old King Tut who's stuck in middle school. When not writing, P. J. spends time practicing kung fu, fixing things around the house, and solving Rubik's cubes.

Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

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Class & Event Registration Policy

Once a purchase has been made, registrations are not refundable and cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a registration and then find you cannot attend the class or event, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at wlt@writersleague.org and let us know the name and contact information for the person who will be using the registration so that we can update the class or event roster.

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HOW WLT CLASSES WORK:

Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven’t taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to email WLT Program Director Sam Babiak at sam@writersleague.org if you’d like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.

HOW ONLINE CLASSES WORK:

Once you register for the class, you’ll receive an email with detailed instructions no later than 48 hours before the class date. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can’t attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one month after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE. 

Plan to log in to the online platform several hours before the class so that you can update your software or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually only take a few minutes, but you don’t want to wait until the beginning of class.) Questions? Email us at wlt@writersleague.org.

Cultural Arts City of Austin

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

Texas Commission on the Arts

Writers’ League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts – Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to www.arts.texas.gov.

National Endowment for the Arts

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Mid-America Arts Alliance

This project is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information, go to www.maaa.org.

Details

Date:
December 4 2021
Time:
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Cost:
$49.00 – $109.00
Event Categories:
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Venue

Online via Zoom