50 Ways to Retell a Story

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    Alan Peat
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    166 pages
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An ‘Oulipian constraint’ is a literary discipline that seeks to inspire creativity by forcing the writer to work within specific limitations. For example, a lipogram demands the exclusion of one or more letters; and the tanka is a five-line Japanese poetic form, with fixed syllable patterns. Here, Alan Peat takes the tale of Cinderella, and using a combination of intriguing constraints and genre transformations, demonstrates half a hundred different ways to convey it. The potential for classroom use is tremendous; confident writers will thrill to the challenge of finding new vocabulary and enjoy playing boldly with language, whilst less able pupils may well be encouraged to new levels of experimentation, given the security of a familiar narrative, and clear boundaries within which to explore.