The Little Mermaid sacrifices her tail for a human soul. Gregor Samsa, feeling insignificant, becomes a cockroach. The nymph Daphne turns into a tree to escape lovesick Apollo. Throughout literature, characters transform because they are hungry. They transform because they’re restless, because they’re seeking liberation from domesticity, obscurity, prescribed roles, their own bodies. They transform for fun. As writers, we use transformation to illuminate the raw places inside our protagonists and their worlds. Our characters escape, they devour, they create life—and they discover their true selves by stripping away their known skin. We’ll explore these ideas through craft talk, discussion of sample texts, and in-class writing.
Led by Lara Ehrlich, author of Animal Wife, a collection of stories about women’s transformations from girls into wives, mothers, and monsters. Animal Wife won Red Hen Press’s Fiction Award judged by Ann Hood and was published by the press in 2020.
Our classes are LGTBQIA+-friendly, anti-racist, and anchored in a disability justice framework; they are open to writers at any stage in their careers, from beginner to established. No one will be turned away for financial reasons. If a course fee is a hardship, please email ThoughtFoxWritersDen@gmail.com