Literary workshop “Storyteller’s Gathering” with local author on October 22

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Local author Annie Westphal will host a literary workshop at Covenstead Workspaces on Saturday, October 22 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with readers and literary professionals and learn about the origins of storytelling of the genre known today. like the “fairy tale”.

Westphal states: “In 17th century France, long before the Brothers Grimm and Disney, there were French storytellers known as storytellers. Through their storytelling, they shed critical light on the conventions of their world and their societal expectations. They could explore and imagine greater levels of personal autonomy through rich and imaginative stories. In this workshop, Westphal plans to create a gathering of storytellers inspired by female storytellers that encourages participants to teach and inspire each other in a supportive shared environment.

Attendees will learn about these remarkable women and why they and their stories have been lost to history. Westphal continues, “For these women, stories were more than entertainment; they were the weapons of a small rebellion that took place in the literary salons of educated aristocrats. Westphal will explore the subversive and female the story of the fairy tale, as well as the power of reclaiming a narrative genre that some consider simply children’s stories.

This gathering is open to the public and recommended to “all storytellers, readers, dreamers, writers and schemers!” “. There may be mature themed elements that are not suitable for persons under the age of 16. This workshop time is from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 at Covenstead Workspaces LLC at 203 N. Aurora St., Ithaca. Autographed copies of Annie’s first book will be available for purchase, and one copy will be given to one lucky raffle winner. The registration fee is $10, but scholarships are available if cost is a barrier to participation. Registration is encouraged at

About the Author

Annie Westphal was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. She received her BA in Fairy Tale Studies from Hampshire College in 2014. annabelle, Annie’s debut novel, was published in 2021. Annabelle is the first in a trilogy known as The Lost Princess Series. The second book, the titular book of the series The lost princessis in the works with publication scheduled for 2023. His writing is inspired by his study of the adaptation and translation of The beauty and the Beast, as well as news from Angela Carter. Annie is a strong believer in Carter’s words: “Reading is just as creative an act as writing, and most intellectual development depends on new readings of old texts. I’m all for putting new wine in old bottles, especially if the pressure of the new wine is causing the old bottles to burst.

About Covenstead Workspaces

Covenstead Workspaces LLC is centered on the women doing their jobs in the world. Create, collaborate and co-work. Their mission is to provide support to freelancers, remote work professionals, creatives and entrepreneurs by creating a supportive and cohesive space to share and grow our collective energy.