The ‘Not So Happily Ever After’ Storytelling Workshop

This workshop takes attendees on a magical journey through the origins of classic fairy tales, showing how storytelling principles as told through the lens of centuries old tales can inform modern writing techniques. Before two Grimm brothers compiled a collection of 'happily ever after' fairy tales, there existed the 'not so happy ever after' fairy tales. This interactive session is designed to empower teachers to inspire students through purely silly fun with a dark twist and a singular writing lesson: all stories must teach a lesson.

Target Audience

Junior Secondary

To Bring/Important Notes

AV Requirements: HDMI hook up, projector, speakers, stable internet connection

Room Requests: Classroom setting, desks / writing surfaces


11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
Room E317
Sullivan Heights Secondary School

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    Andrew Buckley

    Andrew Buckley is a film school-educated writer, which means he’s spent most of his life with no money and a high opinion about bad movies. Sometime around the turn of the century he attended the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program, graduating with excellence. He pitched and developed several screenplay projects for film and television before turning to his chosen career of novel writing (this was due, in part, to his discovery that ‘professional mongoose wrangler’ wasn’t a real profession).

    As a writer, Andrew favors playing in the fantasy and paranormal sandboxes and is drawn to writing with a humorous and satirical slant despite being asked politely on numerous occasions to ‘please stop doing that’.

    As the co-founder and lead instructor at Wordsmith Academy, Andrew speaks to thousands of students each year about storytelling and writing through the delivery of interactive and engaging online and in-person workshops and presentations at schools, writing conferences, and comic cons. 

    At the time you’re reading this, Andrew is busy working on several new stories and attempting to bend time and space to allow for more hours in the day. He now lives happily in the Okanagan Valley, BC with a multitude of characters that dwell comfortably inside of his mind. 

    Andrew is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.