- Workshops. These would include How to tell your Eye of Newt and other Essential Ingredients are of the very best quality, How to Gauge the Magical Prowess of your Enemies without being cursed in the process, and How to Stop Annoying Children Eating Your Gingerbread House. The latter of course really is for those witches who want to live in their properties in peace and have no intention of luring unsuspecting kids into an oven. (Said witches have read the original fairytale, have taken on board the concept of what goes around comes around and have decided it would be better for their own health and longevity if they stick to the vegetarian option in life).
- Panel Discussions. Assuming you could get three or four witches to agree to sit on such a panel without arguing or cursing each other, the discussions would centre on the unfair treatment and portrayal of witches throughout every fairytale it is possible to mention. That would promote unity within the witch community as they are all united on the unfairness of it all. In my fictional Fairy Kingdom, the witches believe that fairytales are written by the winners and fairies always get the better press. Other topics could include How to Stop Meddling Fairy Godmothers from Weakening a Perfectly Good Curse Spell for Stupid Royals who forget to invite Important Witches to Royal Christenings. Then there's always the Best Dressed Witch Award, though nobody expects the colour of the outfit to be anything other than black.
- Magical Exercises. Given no witch really likes to admit to being inferior to any other, this would be held for juniors who have yet to discover what real rivalry is. Such exercises would take place outdoors for (a) safety and (b) the ability to fly one's broomstick really well is bound to make up the majority of these exercises. Think of it as the magical equivalent of performing a handbrake turn!
Following on from yesterday's post about what would be on offer at a conference for fairy folk, I thought I would look at what a fairytale witch could expect from a conference put on for her kind.
I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.