Creative Writing Techniques: Fabulist Fiction

Fabulism is everywhere these days: in books, movies, and TV shows. With its eclectic mix of genres, rich symbolism, and quirky voice, fabulism has captivated viewers of shows such as Stranger Things and The Umbrella Academy. So what is fabulism? It is the weaving of fantasy, myth, futurism, and surrealism into a contemporary fictional world. 

In this course, you will learn how to write short stories in this genre that defies definition. Fabulist fiction doesn’t just break the rules—it knows no rules. The result is a wonderfully creative space to develop your writing skills. 

The course will explore examples from contemporary masters of fabulist fiction to guide your understanding of the creative perspectives and elements of the genre. Throughout the course, you will be given writing prompts that will inspire you to reimagine fairy tales, delve into sci-fi and futurist realms, and break free of boundaries. By the end, you will have several short stories for your writing portfolio that showcase your creative skills in fabulist fiction.

What you will learn:

✔ Write your own fabulist fiction short stories
✔ Provide positive and constructive feedback to your peers
✔ Discuss the literary movements that produced fabulism
✔ Identify and describe the elements of fabulism in published works

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What you need to participate:

  • Computer or mobile device with Internet (minimum speed of 1.5Mbps download and 800Kbps upload)
  • For students using a mobile device for the course: Canvas mobile app (select “Interlochen Online” as your school)
  • Word processing program, such as Google Docs or Microsoft Word 
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free) or similar PDF reader
  • (Optional) Paper notebook and pen/pencil

Grades 7-12



Course Dates

Jan. 17, 2023 - Feb. 11, 2023

Next Term Begins

Feb. 21, 2023

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Megan Baxter

Instructor of Creative Writing

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