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Fairy Tales For Writers by Lawrence Schimel
 ISBN/ITEM#: 9780979420801
Date: 16 March 2007 List Price $6.50 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: Midsummer's Night Press Website /

I don't usually review poetry but this was sent to me and the poems, mostly, tell a story, so I'll make an exception. This slim little volume of 30 pages is a series of two-page poems that use a classic fairy tale to give advice to people who want to be writers. They are cleverly done and witty. It is really delightful to see how the poet, Lawrence Schimel, uses these stories to provide examples for those that would be writers. I can't really summarize them without spoiling them but I can say I liked all of them.

If you like supporting the small press, seek this one out (see link above for their webpage).

From release/information:

From back of book: Fairy Tales for Writers holds up a magic mirror to the joys and struggles of the creative process and the writing life, reflecting them through the lens of the powerful archetypes of these formative stories.

In these pages the reader will find:

    •the new writer who encounters a wolf along the path to publication;
    •that member of a writing workshop who always needs to be the fairest of them all;
    •a writer who gives up her voice for love;
    •and even that shy, anonymous author who slips away before the end of the reading, but is nonetheless tracked down at last by an editor who wishes to publish her work.
Because sometimes there is a happy ending, even in publishing.

Everyone who has ever felt lost in the deep, dark forest of the publishing world will find resonance in these cautionary tales. Fairy Tales For Writers by Lawrence Schimel
The Little Mermaid
Little Red Riding Hood
Sleeping Beauty
Snow White
Hansel & Gretel
The Juniper Tree
The Ugly Duckling
The Princess & the Pea
Jack and the Beanstalk
About the Author

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