Fairy Tale Archetypes and Motifs (In Person)

Saturday, March 25, 2023 - Saturday, March 25, 2023

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
One Session


The registration period has closed for this event.

Course Description

In this one-day class, we will explore recurring elements in fairy tales known as archetypes or motifs. Heroes and heroines, ineffectual parents, evil stepparents, and helpful animals are some recurring types of fairy tale characters we will touch on. We will also discuss fairy tale landscapes and architecture and common themes that arise from plot. Students will experiment with mixing archetypes to write a rough draft of a fairy tale in class and share drafts in small groups for supportive feedback.
One session: $95/$85.50. Led by Anca Szilágyi.

Registration Fees

Registration is $95

We offer a 10% discount to seniors, students, and members of the Newberry (Associates at the Author level and above).

Contact Us

The Adult Education team is available Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Email is the best form of contact: adulteducation@newberry.org. You can also reach us by phone at 312-255-3700. Please allow 24-48 business hours for a response.


Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610
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