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The Contemporary Witch: Stories of power

18 January @ 16:00 - 18:30

Within contemporary literature, we have taken the witch, once a tool for exclusion and persecution, and transformed her into a medium for expressing female empowerment, growth, and expression. We can imagine and re-imagine this figure into a real character who thinks, feels, breathes and faces conflict in herself and within her world.

In this session, participants will learn a brief history of the witch archetype in literature, what makes a witchy character, and use their knowledge to establish their own character, magic, and setting for further writing their own contemporary witch story.

At this workshop, you will…

  • Explore the history of the witch in literature and culture
  • Learn how the witch archetype has transformed in contemporary literature, including within speculative fiction and fantasy
  • Write a witchy character to form the basis of your own story
  • Look at the different types of witch magic, derivative of various world beliefs
  • Discuss how setting and culture, whether real or second-world, influences character and magic

About Alexis Burnett

Alexis Burnett is a recent MA Creative Writing graduate from the University of Nottingham and holds a Bachelor’s in English Literature from Grand Canyon University. She was Workshop Tutor and Coordinator for The Letters Page and a Fiction Editor of Canyon Voices at Arizona State University. Now, she is the Managing Director of an upcoming speculative fiction writing school, Strange Dream Studio. Her fiction and poetry appear in The Purple Breakfast Review, Dime Show Review, and Laced. You can find her on Twitter @alexisthebee and through Strange Dream Studio @SDreamStudio

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Tickets cost £8 for NWS members and £10 for general admission. Book your place below, or to find out more about joining NWS, head to our membership page.

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18 January
16:00 - 18:30
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Nottingham Writers’ Studio
25 Hockley
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 1FH United Kingdom
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