This past Wednesday we had the inaugural (that is, the first official) meeting of Amazing Amy’s Writing Club. I’m happy to say that the event hit capacity and some really cool, aspiring young writers joined in on the fun!
For this week’s meeting we focused on writing our own twisted versions of some of our favorite fairy tales. Kind of like author Jon Scieszka did with his
We talked about how we could put our own twist on a fairy tale (or any tale) by changing the point of view of the narrator, switching the roles of the bad guy and the good guy, or changing how a spell worked–really the list goes on and on.
We read another work of Scieszka’s, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs and The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas for some inspiration –it was especially fun to see how the same tale could be twisted in more than one way.
Before we knew it, we were all laughing over ideas like “The Three Little Pencils and the Big, Bad Pencil Sharpener,” a new take on a brunette Rapunzel, seven dwarfs decidedly unhappy with their house guest, a story told from the point of view of a princess’s golden ball stolen by an amorous frog, and a red riding hood mystery to name a few. Our writers not only drew inspiration from classic fairy tales, but they threw in some J.R.R. Tolkien for good measure. You can check out a sample of their writing by clicking here–it’s a truly fun and twisted collection!
If you would like your chance to be a member of Amazing Amy’s Writing Club and see your writing published on our blog, be sure to register for next week’s meeting on Wednesday, January 16th, from 4-5 pm at the Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore. You can register by calling 513.731.2665, or drop by and see us at the store. Next week, we will be tackling Magical Realism, where we will be writing about worlds as real as ours, but with a little magic thrown in. Sound fun? It is–I promise!! Hope to see you there!