- Explore mystical realms, meet tricksters and heroes, and learn how to turn
the world's rich treasure of folklore and myth into stories and books that
Almost every children's magazine and book company publishes retellings. In
fact, because they combine the sharing of other cultures with the sharing of
universal truths, they've become a staple in children's literature. Parents
and grandparents love to read them. Teachers and librarians love to introduce
them to students. And kids love to enjoy them on their own.
You may not know it, but many authors enter the children's literature field
with retellings. And many of the best writers mine the gemstones of myth and
folklore for their most successful books. A number of award-winning authors
have forged impressive careers by grounding their work in folklore and myth.
Books such as Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted (Cinderella), Donna Jo
Napoli's Zel (Rapunzel), and Nancy Farmer's Newbery honor book Sea of Trolls
(Norse myth) represent some of the best works in this genre. Successful picture
book authors such as Robert Sans Souci, Aaron Shepard, and John Steptoe have
also delved into the treasure trove of myth for work such as The Talking Eggs
(Southern folktale), The Sea King's Daughter (Russian legend), and Mufaro's
Beautiful Daughters (African folktale).
With sixty books in print—ten of those collections of folklore and myth—
professional writer, editor, and folklorist Josepha Sherman is the perfect
mentor to guide you toward producing successful retellings. Josepha has taught
writing and folklore at conferences and workshops across North America. From
April 3—6, Josepha will be sharing her wealth of knowledge with an intimate
group of writers in the inspiring setting of the home of the Founders of
Highlights for Children.
Take a closer look at Josepha Sherman's work at
Get complete information about Retelling Folktales and Myth at
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advantage of this opportunity.)
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Honesdale, PA 18431
Phone: (570) 253-1192
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