Write A Fairytale: Creative Writing Mastery | Madeleine Rose Jones | Skillshare

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Write A Fairytale: Creative Writing Mastery

teacher avatar Madeleine Rose Jones, Writing & Lifestyle

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. Target Audience

    • 4. Nationality

    • 5. Morality

    • 6. Precise Language

    • 7. Characterisation

    • 8. Timelessness

    • 9. Finding Inspiration

    • 10. Strangeness

    • 11. Setting

    • 12. Conclusion

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About This Class

Madeleine teaches you the important aspects of writing a fairytale, from characterisation, to morality, to setting. No prior experience is needed for this course, but maybe you'd like to read some fairytales before beginning! 

There are no software requirements. At the end of this course, you'll learn about the key aspects of fairytales, and have the confidence and skill to apply them to your own writing.

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Madeleine Rose Jones

Writing & Lifestyle


Hello, I'm Madeleine. And I've been there. Looking up at the ceiling, strolling around the garden, gazing at the stars... with hope that I'm creating the next big thing. Yet I stopped looking... and started to write. I've written science fiction, historical dramas, and speculative thrillers that keep the reader guessing. Oh, and I've learned from the best. Studying creative writing at Macquarie University improved my writing, and I'm excited to share it with you. 

Since 2019, I've run the literature & history blog Snowy Fictions, where I post short stories, articles and listicles all about the magic existing in both fact and fiction. My blog posts are used as educational guides for high schools in the United States, Canada and Australia. I've also given tal... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Who doesn't love a good fairy tale? Fairy tales, a timeless stories with insightful wisdom and delightful characters. But how do you write fairy tale? In this course, I will give my best tips on how to write a fairy tale. You'll learn about nationality, language, characterization, and morality. I created this course for two reasons. The first is due to my own love of fairy tales. I'm a wide range of them, and I've even written a few myself. The second reason is a response to a of online resources about rising fairy tales. I hope that this course is a valuable resource that helps you to craft a fantastic fairy tale. Note, this course works best if you've already read some fairy tales. If you need some suggestions, I highly suggest the literature of Charles per row or the Grimm Brothers. Perhaps you'll love Hans Christian Andersen, or even the awesome collection of Arabian Nights. But if they are to classical and historical for you, there are many modern options you can pick from. I highly cannot praise enough Angela Carter. But type role, I recommend mixing both classics with modern fairy tales. As you can see how the ideas influence and play off each other. That is certainly an autosome part of fairy tales. Ready to begin? Let's get started. 2. Class Project: This class project will be different than other courses I've made. I want you to write a short synopsis for a fairy tale that you may want to write in the future. Perhaps the premise of the fairy tale is a young girl turns into a grow which often have prints betrays her. Of course, your example is probably way more creative than mine. Simply jot down what you fairy tale is about. Sets and plot events, k characters, and how will the fairy tale stands out from others? Don't worry. I do not expect anyone to give away the ending auto post, a polished work of fiction. It doesn't matter if your concept is a bit rough or unoriginal. That's not what the point of this class project is. But I am interested in developing your understanding of fairy tales and the opportunities you as the writer have to stand at. I also suggest considering the target audience for your fairy tale. Is it for adults or children? What nationality eye from? The more details you give about your audience, the more specific of an understanding will receive about your domes with the fairy tale. Best of luck, and make sure you post your work in the class projects section below. I can't wait to see what you've come up with. 3. Target Audience: Before we get into the main matter for this course, I would like to expand on my previous points about audience. A fairy tale is more effective and memorable. If it is composed for a specific readership. Ask yourself, is my fairy tale for children, teenagers are well country away from, creates a strong image of who your target reader is. Consider the challenges your target audience face in their life. Consider what kind of stories speak to them. Remember, a target audience isn't limiting your creativity, nor is it stopping others from enjoying your work. One of the best things about Hans Christian Hansen, for example, is how timeless fairy tales are and how they are enjoyed by variety of radius. You do not have to be a Danish child to appreciate them and to enjoy them. Also, remember, there is no wrong audience for your fairy tale. You may find it surprising that all kinds of radius Laughlin. So place I think your audience's too obscure. Or two, random. They're all welcome here. Your target audience matters when writing your fairy tale. But time think it should limit your creativity. Not at all. 4. Nationality: When we talk about fairy tales, it's hard not to notice the role nationality place. The Grimm Brothers, for example, is of course, quite Germanic. While we associate Arabian Nights with the Middle East, especially countries like Iran. This is because many countries have their own unique folklore and mythology. We tell this exciting opportunities to any fairy tale writer. I encourage you to pick a culture or country, or a continent or estates and use their folklore and mythology within your story. For example, I've noticed many writers are interested in Celtic mythology and fables. This is terrific. However, I suggest picking only one culture or country to start with. Once you get a grasp of this, you can pick multiple countries or cultures. But make sure you have a solid grasp on H one you pick. I'm going to give you a good example of cultural fusion. Let's look at Neil Gaiman for inspiration. His novel, american Gods. He uses many influences together and create Saatchi. In a contrast, I strongly urge you to think carefully about your national interests and influences. As this can be a terrific opportunity for you to demonstrate your originality and creativity. 5. Morality: Of course, fairy tales usually have a moral. For example, Cinderella, teachers, readers, values of kindness and having a good hot through hardship. Consider what you want your fairy tale to say two raters. And why. The reason why you want this model to be campaign will be a great source of passion and energy within your story. But it's important that you moral feels organic to the setting and characters. Because one thing modern audiences dislike is prettiness of sugary sentimentality. The fact of the matter is if your characters, setting, and story are not strong enough, then the moral of the story will fall on deaf ears. Also, play some worry if your moral of thing is not clear on the first draft. For me, it usually takes a few drops and edits until I can convey what I want to say. For this point, I strongly suggest asking better rate as an editor, your classmates for feedback on how well you've incorporated the fame or moral, as this can be quite valuable to the writing process. When writing things on morality in general, outside comment can really shape your writing for the better. 6. Precise Language: The best fairy tales tend to be quite short and precise. If you read a Grimm Brothers fairy tale, you'll notice how punchy they are and how they rob the Schulze. In general, fairy tales do not lend themselves well to wordiness or excessive blood counts. There are, of course, exceptions. The tails in Arabian Nights, a shoulder on the longest side. But when it comes to fairy tales, understand that less is more. While it's tempting to overindulging well building or dialogue, it's important to have restraint. The best stories do not reveal everything. They asked questions and they make the data. Think there isn't a month a point to make. And that is off narration. You may have heard the classic writing roll show, not tell welds. This can be helpful for most writers. The reality is that most fairy tales use strong elements of telling. This isn't to say showing is an important or you shouldn't include details, will wash descriptions personally, hybridoma love them. So of course you should use show as well as tau. But the most classic fairy tales aren't afraid to tell the radar Kcats of the story. Theme, characters, and inner conflicts. If you are unsure about this point, and I understand why. I suggest you read Aesop's Fables. Some of them are only a paragraph long, and they have fantastic examples of precise language. 7. Characterisation: A problem many fairy tale write a space is weight or passive characters. This is obviously an issue as they can be hurdles for the radar to get invested with. The excellent news is there are ways you can overcome this. First, I suggest giving your characters a CLI, go, explore their inner drive. Give them back story. Ask yourself, what does my character wants, desires yearn for? And what are they willing to do to get it? Another issue, writes his face with characterization is blandness. It's really not too bad ID to make your fairy tale character stand out and give them interesting traits and floors, walls. It certainly true. Fairy tales can get away with more typical kind of characters. I urge you to pay attention to the characterization in your fairy tales. The reality is, is that audiences are already familiar with the princess or the good-looking prince with the pupil hearts of gold. You can stick to those stripes, but add depth, add an interesting element. This will offer you a chance to stand out because awakeness I see in so many fairy tales is bland characterization. You want your reader to remember your characters and for them to make a strong impression. 8. Timelessness: Have you noticed something about fairy tales? How timeless they are? Fairy tales belong to another world entirely. It's incredible how a writer can re-adapt to fairy tale to another time or place with ease. What else explains the many versions of Cinderella? Fairytales? A timeless and you can read them hundreds of years. Often they are written and still get value out of them. You really want to consider how we fairy tale will be read in 50 or 100 years time. Justice BD and the base is a Tylosaurus time. You want your fairy tale to withstand historical change. But please don't worry too much about this point. Uh, sometimes that best things come naturally. 9. Finding Inspiration: I suggest you find inspiration for your fairy tale from all kinds of sources, but especially from places outside of fairy tales. You have the amazing opportunity to stand out from other writers and to create a meaningful fairy tale that's a different. My personal favorite way of finding inspiration is through non-fiction. Read, essays, books, articles, opinion editorials. Explore your interests, whether they have signs or medieval history. The good news about non-fiction is that they were storm. Much of it. You have a sea of content that you can choose from. A problem with many novelists is a limit themselves to fiction. They may not read outside of it. And this is a shame. You can find inspiration from nonfiction. 10. Strangeness: Fairy tales tend to have a quirky side to them. A bit US-centric, a bit odd. Consider Cinderella. We all know the fairy godmother that talkative mice and the exaggerated and often cartoonish step sisters. This is because fairy tales always incorporate something odd, perplexing, and strange. We all have different ideas of what is strange. But consider incorporating something in your fairy tale that's a bit eccentric or out of place. But I don't recommend overdoing it as the best fairy tales, such as Alice in Wonderland. Know how to use the strange and the odd with that overburdening the heart of the story. This may take awhile or a few drops to find the perfect balance with the strange and everything else. As with my point about morality, I encourage you to seek out other radius feedback and a tip. If you need help creating strange elements for your story. Consider deeply and carefully what humans fear. This can be a great opportunity for storytelling. As all stories revolve around fear. If this doesn't get the results you're looking for. I highly suggest adding a dash of mystery to your fairy tale. Make things, people, places, objects, seem a bit foreign, peculiar, or strange within your story. And this will help you create an enchanting and thrilling sense of mystery. 11. Setting: I find setting and location as underrated parts of fairy tales, which is a shame because they tend to be quite memorable and breathtaking. Who can forget those gingerbread houses from the Grimm Brothers, although works and forests and Little Red Riding Hood. How about the enchanted castles in beauty and the base? From Casals to grab the ops, there are many opportunities you have to create memorable settings. For reason why I'm focusing on this point is because fairy cows should be Doll. And this includes the setting. Give your setting a unique world and readers will appreciate it. You may want to focus on your world-building. And if you'd like a future course on this, please let me know below. 12. Conclusion: With face tips, you have the compacity to create a memorable and interesting fairy tale. It may take some practice, and I strongly recommend reading on the fairy tales. But modern and classical also consider folklore, mythology, and Athena fantastical writings as they a great treasure chests. Inspiration. Thank you very much for taking this course and writing fairy tales. Make sure you remember your class project. And if you have any questions or comments, don't be afraid to start a discussion. Best of locking crafting fairy tales. And my hope, you discover their unique potential to convey complex and intricate ideas. Although a fairy tale may seem simple on a first glance, they have y is up debt. Thank you again, and best of luck with your literary journey.