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Once Upon a Time: Where Fairy Tales May Lead Us – G1910213

Workshop ID: G1910213
Dates: October 6 - October 12
Price: $675.00 - $1,540.00

In addition to reading traditional fairy tales, we’ll read contemporary re-tellings of old tales, and we’ll consider the role of fairy tales in different genres, from poetry to the list essay. We will think about what makes a fairy tale a fairy tale, and why we need, as Tolkien said, “to hold communion with other living things.” The class will help you consider how you can use fairy tales as prompts for your own writing. At the end of the course, you will also learn how to make your own handmade book with text generated during the week.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping RV$835.00
Camping w/Electricity$795.00
Rio Arriba Commuter$675.00
Cindy Hunter

Cindy Hunter Morgan teaches in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University and is the author of a full-length poetry collection and two chapbooks. Harborless (Wayne State University Press) is


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Once Upon a Time: Where Fairy Tales Might Lead Us

Instructor: Cindy Morgan

Start Date: 10/6/19, End Date: 10/12/19

Check-In Begins at 3:00pm at the Welcome Center on 10/6/19. Dinner 5:30 – 6:30; Orientation 6:45 pm

Invitation: I hope you’ll join me for this workshop. We’ll think about fairy tales and consider how they can serve as prompts for our own writing and how they have evolved in contemporary stories, essays, and poems. We’ll think about what makes a fairy tale a fairy tale, and why we need, as Tolkien said, “to hold communion with other living things.” You’ll learn how to make your own handmade book, and you’ll use work you generate during the week as text for the book.

I’ll bring all of the supplies you need to make that book, and you’ll leave with something elegant you can hold in your hands. This will be an opportunity for you to find a new way into your own writing and to make something beautiful. I think we’ll have lots of fun.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will: Explore traditional fairy tales and contemporary re-tellings of old tales; Use elements of fairy tales as a foundation for their own (new) writing; Learn how to make their own books; Develop a deeper understanding of the tradition of fairy tales and their importance in cultural history; Learn how old tales can be mined to inspire new work

Course Schedule:
The course schedule will be finalized later, and I will send a copy directly to participants and to Ghost Ranch. In general, our days will include some discussion about our reading as well as opportunities to engage in your own writing. I will provide prompts and ideas for that writing, and you’ll have opportunities to share work. I think our mix of discussion, reading, generative work (writing), and instruction in traditional arts (how to make a book), will give participants a meaningful blend of thinking, writing, and making.

Instructor Background: I teach in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University and serves as Interim Director of the Center for Poetry at MSU. I’m the author of a full-length poetry collection and two chapbooks. Harborless (Wayne State University Press) is a 2018 Michigan Notable Book and the winner of the 2017 Moveen Prize in Poetry. It was also recently selected for the One Book One Community program in Marquette, Michigan. My next book is under contract with Wayne State University Press. I write regularly for Murder Ballad Monday, a blog devoted to the exploration of the murder ballad tradition in folk and popular music. My work has appeared in a variety of journals, including The Journal of American Poetry, Tin House Online, Salamander, and West Branch. I love to teach book arts, and I’m working on several of my own book arts project now.

Provided Materials: I’ll supply all handouts for reading as well as all of the supplies you’ll need for the book you make.

What to Bring: Bring a notebook with plenty of room for ideas and new writing, and bring your favorites pens and pencils. I’ll supply the rest!

FAQs: Q: Do I have to be “an artist” to make a book? A: No previous experience in book arts or other visual arts is necessary! I’ll take you through each step, and you won’t feel rushed. It will be fun, and I think it will be deeply satisfying.

Q: What if I’ve never read fairy tales? A: That’s okay! All are welcome in this workshop!

Testimonials: From former student:”Cindy Hunter Morgan is an absolutely amazing professor. I cannot stress enough how inspirational her passion for writing is, or how much she cares about her students.”

Recommended Resources: Here are some wonderful books. None of them are required, but if you’re looking for something to read or bring with you, I do recommend these: The Bloody Chamber by Angela CarterISBN: 978-0-14-017821-0, Once Upon a Time by Marina Warner Oxfort University PressISBN: 978-0-19-871865-9, The Grimm Reader, translated and edited by Maria Tatar, Introduction by A.S. Byatt ISBN-10: 0393338568ISBN-13: 978-0393338560, My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, edited by Kate Bernheimer ISBN: 978-0-14-311784- 1, Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue ISBN: 0-06-027575-8ISBN: 0-06-440772-1

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note:  Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space or you can request the single occupancy and be charged the supplement of an additional $50 per night (based on availability). For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1001 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available SundayFriday8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678, ext. 4155 or ext. 4121 — available Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MST.
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