About the Project

242 tales in the Grimms’ Nursery and Household Tales, 242 writing prompts. Each week, I’ll be using one of the Grimms’ tales as a springboard for an original freewrite, while also posting about the history and cultural cache of the tale. These freewrites won’t be polished, they won’t be pub-ready. But they’ll keep me writing, and you’re invited to join in too.

I’ll go in order, from “The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich” to “The Robber and His Sons,” according to the 1987 edition of Jack Zipes’s The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. I lent my newer edition to a friend; when I get it back, we’ll have more to do.

So let’s get started.

If you’d like to follow along each week, and create your own freewrites in response to the tales, please send them in to crfricke@gmail.com, or leave your freewrite in the comments of my freewrite posts. You can read full texts of the tales at pitt.edu, thanks to the compiling and translating work of D.L. Ashliman. Each month I’ll be selecting some reader responses for a special curated post. But please keep in mind that once something is published here on the blog, it can’t be published in a literary magazine or other publication that demands First American Serial Rights. If you write something in response to the posts in this blog and think it could be sent out to bigger pubs as is, by all means, keep it close and then send it into the world on your own. For my part, I’ll be posting unfinished, unpolished exercise responses, so let’s keep judgment to a minimum. This is a place for discussion, not for heavily negative critique.

The summer is turning to fall as I type. Let’s let the chill in.

Cate Fricke