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POETRY WORKSHOP: Writing Against the Fairytale

January 8 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


with April Gibson and Kathryn Kysar

Fairy tales uphold their culture’s values: within our patriarchal, capitalist, ageist, ableist, racist society, women are brutalized, erased, forgotten, made passive. In this poetry workshop, participants will write against the untrue fairy tale narratives about women’s lives. We will explore the false promises of passivity, beauty, marriage, courtship, and attraction in the age of #metoo, the fight for racial equity, and political lies. Some questions we will ask: What have fairy tales promised you? How have those promises been broken? How can we reclaim and own our stories and fight against these fallacies? After an examination of some model poems and a quick review of the qualities of good poetry, the course will open up your writing with a variety of exercises meant to reclaim your voice and draw the sword of your pen to fight back against the myth of the fairy tale. No critiquing, but we will share a selection our work at the end of the day.

This class is presented in-person. Tuition for the day-long workshop is $100.00. Write On members receive a 10% discount. To become a member and save, please click here. To register online for this program, please click the button below. For other registration options, please call 920.868.1457.





April Gibson is a poet, essayist, and educator. Her work has appeared in Green Mountains Review, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Water-Stone Review, Pank, Literary Mama, and elsewhere. April is a fellow of The Poetry Incubator, The Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and The Watering Hole Poetry Retreat, a Loft Mentor Series winner, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award winner, and a Vermont Studio Center and VONA Writing Workshop alum. April holds an MFA in Creative Writing and teaches English and creative writing at colleges, universities, nonprofits, and correctional facilities. Her current project is a poetry collection exploring the relationship between performance, politics, and Black womanhood.


Kathryn Kysar is the author of two books of poetry, Dark Lake and Pretend the World, and she edited the anthology Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers. She has received fellowships and residencies from the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Tofte Lake Center, the Oberholtzer Foundation, and Write On, Door County. Her poems, book reviews, travel articles, and essays have been published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota Women’s Press, Mom Egg Review, Stone Coast Review, Great River Review, Permafrost, Midland Review, Revolver, Mizna, and many other magazines and anthologies. She is the founder of the creative writing program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, and she has served on the boards of directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and Rain Taxi Review of Books. Kysar teaches workshops and offers manuscript consultations through the Loft Literary Center. Her most recent project was a collaborative CD of poems from Pretend the World. She performs with the Sonoglyph Collective, a poetry/improvisational jazz group, and resides with her family in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


January 8
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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4210 Juddville Rd
Fish Creek, WI 54212 United States
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