S182. Fascinated or Haunted: Why We Continue to Write & Rewrite Fairy Tales

Room 208 C&D, Level 2
Saturday, April 11, 2015
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Everyone from Einstein to Bettelheim says fairy tales are vital to children. Whether we believe their impact is deeply and psychologically empowering for the young, or just a good imaginative leaping off point for writers, we cannot deny their durability. This panel explores the reasons for writing a fairy-tale-based work, the transformations that happen, and delves into the writers’ own childhood experiences of this realm. What endures in our deepest imagination, and why?



Sherryl Clark is the author of more than sixty books for young readers, including four verse novels. She teaches at Victoria University in Australia, and is currently undertaking a PhD in fairy tales. Her poems and stories have been widely published in Australian journals.

Ron Koertge is a poet and a novelist for young adults. His latest book of poems is The Ogre's Wife, and his latest novel-in-verse is Coaltown Jesus. He teaches in the low-residency block at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Christine Heppermann is the author of the young adult poetry collection Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty. She regularly reviews children's and young adult books for the Chicago Tribune and was a long-time staff reviewer for the Horn Book magazine.

Phyllis Root has been writing books for children for over thirty years and has published more than forty children's books. She teaches in the Hamline University MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center