Find a fairytale or myth and adapt it to contemporary times in a short story or within a section of your story/chapter in your book. There are many examples in films, but consider short stories that achieve this from authors like Anne Rice and Raymond Carver.
Additional advice for creative nonfiction and poetry: Explore a fairytale or myth that you once believed/viewed in a different way than you do now. Create an essay, creative nonfiction story, or poem about how your views concerning this fairytale or myth changed over time.
I am a "vaso",
for light to enter,
move through me
Speak to me, Great One,
speak through me.
I am open,
my antennae are out.
The door to my heart is open;
come on in.
I'll make you some tea.
This excerpt is from the poem "Open-Hearted" by Jessica Ruby Hernandez, and it appears in the collection BreatheYourOMBalance: Writings about Yoga by Women. This collection is the first volume in a series of yoga books. Over thirty contributors combine their voices in a tribute to yoga in nonfiction, poetry, and fiction. Read more here.
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from one of our books. Enjoy!
AVAILABLE NOW. OCT 2016.
S. Teague is joined by 30 contributors in this first collection of nonfiction, poetry, and fiction that celebrates the life-changing practice of yoga. These writers reveal how yoga opened new pathways of self-awareness and creative expressions.
Week 38, October 2017.
Tool: FAIRYTALE ADAPTATION
Historic Play about Montgomery County and Clarksville, TN. Shana Thornton has created a stage play about Clarksville/Montgomery County, and she is working with Ryan Bowie from The Roxy Regional Theatre and a CBL group from Clarksville Academy, led by Dr. Rebecca Beach and Mike Trent. They are looking forward to a public performance in Spring 2018. Some historical figures in the play include: Dr. Robert T. Burt, Brenda Runyon, Dorothy Dix, Stockade Annie, and Wilma Rudolph, among many other people and places. More details coming soon.
AUGUST 2013. Hailed as "a deeply moving story, one not given to easy resolution," Grace Among the Leavings is a child's perspective of the Civil War.
The book has now been adapted to the stage by playwrights, Kari Catton & Dennis Darling. Contact us for details about bringing it to your local theatre.
APRIL 2014. An OnPoint Radio suggestion as Best Summer Reads 2014!
Set on the Massachusetts coast, The Mosquito Hours is a multi-generational story about how the women in a family attempt to keep secrets about their desires, spirituality, and motherhood.
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AUGUST 2012. Ellen Masters's husband has been repeatedly deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq for a decade, and during that time, Ellen cares for their young family and home, starts a career, and searches for her own strength by training for a marathon.
Acceptance letters sent! We'll be announcing the contributors for BreatheYourOMBalance: Yoga and Healing, Volume Two soon, as the letters have gone out to potential contributors. We'll also begin introducing a new contributor to you every week until we publish the book in 2018. Read more about Volume Two in our yoga book series here.
by Jessica Ruby Hernandez from the collection, BreatheYourOMBalance:
Writings about Yoga by Women
Grab a blank notebook, a manuscript already in progress, or open a new note in your phone. Each week, our publisher will give you the writing elbow~ a nudge to write on...
AUGUST 2015. Authors have proclaimed that this novel is a "literary gift" & that "book clubs will love this." Talking Underwater explores the balance between the elation of family summers at the ocean & the ways we navigate unbearable heartache to find news ways of being.
MARCH 2016. S. Teague and Shana Thornton co-author a book about creativity with meditations, affirmations, expressions of gratitude & mindfulness to help you through the seasons of life. We hope you will use this book to inspire you, prompt meditations, and/or as a creativity journal.
MAR 2015. Southern festivals, folk music, families falling out & returning- "Shana writes a magical story that stays with you long after the final page. As with one of the characters, 'She knows real magic.'" -Virginia Brown, author of Dark River Road & the Dixie Diva mystery series