Workshop

Using Folklore and Fables in Fiction with Sangu Mandanna

Saturday 9 April
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall
10am - 1pm
£45 / £35 conc

Old stories are all around us. Explore how your favourite folklore, fables and mythology can be used to develop original fiction in this three-hour workshop for writers of all levels, writing for any audience.

Through a mixture of informal group discussion and short practical exercises, experienced novelist Sangu Mandanna will help you to:

  • Find inspiration from old stories and adapt folklore, fables and mythology for your intended audience
  • Understand the nuances between appreciation and appropriation, and the importance of respectful, authentic representation
  • Use and subvert tropes in your storytelling
  • Create a rough outline for a potential novel or short story

Sangu is the author of The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches, Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom and several other novels for children and adults about magic, monsters and myths.

Please note: This workshop is scheduled to take place at National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, in Norwich. However, should circumstances change, we can move it to an online format (via Zoom).

Bursary places

One bursary place is available for this workshop. Click here to apply →

Covid-19 precautions

We have COVID health and safety guidelines in place for moving around the building and refreshments, including the wearing of masks which can be removed once sat in the workshop. The workshop will take place in a well-ventilated room. We ask that anyone able to scans in via the Track and Trace app, and we will retain contact details for those who do not have smart phones.

About Sangu Mandanna

Sangu Mandanna  was four years old when an elephant chased her down a forest road and she decided to write her first story about it. Seventeen years and many, many manuscripts later, she signed her first book deal. Her children’s books include The Lost Girl, the Celestial trilogy, and the Kiki Kallira series, and her debut novel for adults will be published in 2022. Sangu lives in Norwich with her husband and kids. Website

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April 9, 2022 10:00 am April 9, 2022 10:00 am Europe/London Using Folklore and Fables in Fiction with Sangu Mandanna Writers' Centre Norwich –

Old stories are all around us. Explore how your favourite folklore, fables and mythology can be used to develop original fiction in this three-hour workshop for writers of all levels, writing for any audience. Through a mixture of informal group discussion and short practical exercises, experienced novelist Sangu Mandanna will help you to: Find inspiration […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich