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Creative Writing: Myths, Fairy Tales and Archetypes

Tutor: Dorothy Max Prior

Taught online via Zoom

Saturday 25 July from 10:30am to 4:30pm


Looking for inspiration? Join us for a playful investigation of how myths, fairy tales and archetypes manifest in contemporary literature, and how they can be used as a starting point in your own writing. We’ll look at some interesting examples of writers who have created contemporary interpretations of age-old stories – from Neil Gaiman to Helen Oyeyemi, Angela Carter to Ali Smith, Margaret Atwood to Kamila Shamsie. There will be a passing nod to Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. But most important of all, there will be a number of creative writing exercises throughout the day to inspire you and kick-start your writing.

Suitable for writers of all sorts – prose fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry or drama – and open to everyone of any level of experience. 

This one-day workshop will include four online Zoom sessions, interspersed with creative writing exercises done off-line; and the group size will be limited to allow everyone the opportunity to receive feedback and encouragement.

About the tutor

Tutor Dorothy Max Prior is a published non-fiction writer who has written about theatre, performance, art and music for over 30 years. She is editor of 

Tutor Dorothy Max Prior is editor of Total Theatre Magazine (http://www.dorothymaxprior.com) and is also an established theatre writer, dramaturg and director working across the UK, Europe and South America. 


I liked reading and hearing our work.  The activities were fab for homework.  The readings from texts inspirational and relevant.  The other students respectful and kind and interesting.  Max offered incisive feedback and was an inspiration.  The notes sent in email were excellent.

I liked the relaxed atmosphere and the fact that we were set homework which set a goal every week.

Knowledgeable tutor!  Constructive critisism and time for everyones workto be heard and critiqued.  Useful to state goals and check-in with them at the end.  Also to remember we are inventing the truth.  Such a useful, freeing idea!  Avoiding perfectionism and being flexible allows more flow.

Positive environment, great teacher, interesting group.

Very encouraging, constructive, teacher and group.  Max very positive and encouraging.  Different types of writing and group members.