Workshop Schedule for Fall 2017

​Monstrous Women I: A Feminist Approach to Myth and Magic 

Week One (August 1-6) through Week Sixteen (November 13-19) –This workshop will be held online weekly with the specific dates and times to be determined from student surveys on common availability.

This intensive, online writing workshop explores the theme of monstrous women in literature and myth. Participants will explore goddesses and queens, monsters and mothers, soothsayers and shapeshifters. From the familiar to the obscure, these monstrous women seduce and beguile, pushing writers to take a closer look at the labels pasted on women who behave badly— whether they are supernatural or not.

Monstrous Women I includes the following modules: Great Goddesses of Death and Destruction, Matriarchal Monsters and First Females, Wicked Queens and Bloody Crowns, Witchy Women and Enchanted Attacks, The Seductive Allure of the Femme Fatale, & Lesbian Vampires and Lost Souls.

“I am happy only in that I am a monster.” — Angela Carter

NOTE: Monstrous Women II will be offered in Spring 2018 and will include the following modules: The Shifting Shapes of Animal Brides, The Monstrous Female Unveiled, Weeping Women and Tearful Prophecies, The Female Descent into Hysteria and Madness, Women’s Vengeance Unleashed, and Mayhem in Numbers and the Sacred Three. Registration will open in September.  Space is limited.

Intersections I: Nature and Myth

Week One (August 1-6) through Week Sixteen (November 13-19) –This workshop will be held online weekly with the specific dates and times to be determined from student surveys on common availability.)

This intensive, online writing workshop explores the theme of the Intersection of Nature, Humanity, and Myth in a series of modules designed to prompt story generation over the course of 16 weeks. Participants will explore fairy tales, folklore, and world myths with links to scientific themes primarily in the fields of natural history, ecological news, and climate-based studies.

Intersections I: Nature & Myth includes the following modules: “The Firebird” & Bioluminescence,  “Aristaeus, the Bee-keeper” (excerpt from Bulfinch’s Mythology) & Colony Collapse Disorder,  “Fisherman and his Wife” and Climate Change & Our Warming Oceans, The King of the Wood” (excerpt from The Golden Bough) & The Internet of Fungus,  “Pied Piper” & Viruses, and Coyote Myths & Borderlands. Discussions and workshops begin in August and run through mid-November.

“Cli-fi is a truly modern literary phenomenon: born as a meme and raised into a distinct genre by the power of social media.” — “Climate Fiction: Can Books Save the Planet?” at The Atlantic Monthly

NOTE: Intersections II: Nature & Myth will be offered in Spring 2018 and will include the following modules: “The Swan Maiden” & Migratory Pathways, “Isis and Osiris” (excerpt from The Osiris Myth) & Fracking/Agriculture, “Diamonds and Toads” & the Earth’s Dwindling Resources, Spiderwoman Stories & the Cosmic Web, “Hansel & Gretel” & Food Addiction,  and “Johnny Appleseed” and GMOs & the Changing Face of Food. Registration will open in September.  Space is limited.