Writing Exercise: Fairy Tales Anew

by ajanefountas

Read: THE ROSEBUD

Write: Copy the story, word by word, slowly. What do you see that you didn’t see when you read it to yourself?

ReadTHE PRINCESS AND THE PEA by Hans Christian Andersen and THE SEVEN RAVENS by the Brothers Grimm

Write: Choose one to rewrite. Follow it closely, each sentence and plot point, but make it anew. In essence, retell the tale, line by line—sort of a translation into your own language.

Bonus: Read the brilliant essay “Fairy Tale Is Form, Form Is Fairy Tale” by Kate Bernheimer for more on THE ROSEBUD and to get inside of fairy tales and be thrilled by them.