Publication Celebration & Workshop News

It’s been a great year for stories, and THE STORIED IMAGINARIUM is especially excited to cheer on the successes of our writers.

Congratulations, everyone!

For those who’d like to join us for the next workshop, registration for The Season of the Crow is currently open. There are two seats left in Section II: Tuesday from 4:30-7 pm (Pacific Time); and two seats left in Section III: Wednesdays from 10-12:30 am (PST). Spaces is limited, so make sure you sign up soon. There is a non-refundable deposit of $100. The invoice must be paid in full prior to the first workshop. You can find the course description and schedule HERE.

“Fall Preserves” by Roni StingerRewired: Divergent Perspectives in Horror, edited by A.R. Ward. Ghost Orchid Press, Forthcoming.

Roni Stinger lives in Vancouver, Washington. When she’s not writing strange dark stories, she’s wandering the forests, beaches, and streets in search of shiny objects and creative sparks. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Dark Matter MagazineMetaStellarHypnos Magazine, All Worlds Wayfarer: Through Other Eyes, and The Molotov Cocktail

Website: www.ronistinger.com


“Beneath Her Skin” by KT Wagner. Cosmic Horror Monthly, Forthcoming. 

Surrounded by gnomes, gargoyles, and poisonous plants, KT Wagner writes Gothic horror and op/ed pieces in the garden of her British Columbia home, regardless of the weather. She enjoys day-dreaming and is a collector of strange plants, weird trivia, and obscure tomes. KT organizes writer events and works to create literary community though much of this has been temporarily derailed by the pandemic. A number of her short stories are published in magazines and anthologies. She’s currently working on a novel.

Website:  https://northernlightsgothic.com/


“The Copper Lady” by Jaye Wells. Chromophobia, edited by Sara Tantlinger. Strangehouse Books, Forthcoming. 

Jaye Wells is the author of more than a dozen novels. She is best known for writing urban fantasy with her USA Today bestselling Sabina Kane series and the Prospero’s War series. In 2012, she won the Best Urban Fantasy Reviewers’ Choice Award from RT Book Reviews for Blue-Blooded Vamp, and her novels Dirty Magic, Volatile Bonds, and Silver-Tongued Devil were also nominated for the award. She lives in Texas.

Website: https://www.jayewells.com/

The Book Club at the End of the World” by Elizabeth ZuckermanHaven Speculative, Issue 5, July 2022.

Elizabeth Zuckerman’s fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless SkiesNonBinary ReviewTimeless Tales Magazine, TANSTAAFL’s anthology Witches, Warriors, and Wyverns, and Footnote, where she was long-listed for the Charter Oak Award. She finally put her theatre degree to use in reading the audiobook for Kassandra Flamouri’s The Chalice and the Crown. She lives with a gruff but gold-hearted paladin in Trenton, New Jersey, where she tries not to make two desserts at once and livetweets movies at @LizCanTweet.

“The Ground Shook” by Roni StingerDark Matter Magazine, May 2022.

Roni Stinger lives in Vancouver, Washington. When she’s not writing strange dark stories, she’s wandering the forests, beaches, and streets in search of shiny objects and creative sparks. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Dark Matter MagazineMetaStellarHypnos Magazine, All Worlds Wayfarer: Through Other Eyes, and The Molotov Cocktail

Website: www.ronistinger.com

Regrets” by Alison ColwellThe Drabble, April 2021.

Alison Colwell spends her time creating imaginary worlds, crafting memoir from fairy tales and learning how to blur the lines between creative nonfiction and fiction. Her creative non-fiction work can be found in the climate fiction anthology Rising Tides, and her flash fiction has been published in The Drabble.

Website: https://www.alisoncolwell.com/

“Worm Bagging” by Roni StingerUnnerving Magazine, Issue #17, April 2022.

“I’ve spent some time in caves and have been interested in Imawari Yeuta since I first learned about the cave. Bioluminescent worms are also intriguing but not found in South America. But what if they were? And what if there were unknown species deep underground in parts of the cave no one had explored? And what if there’s a speleologist that would give anything to make a new discovery? What would they be willing to sacrifice?” Read this guest blog HERE.

“Yellow is the Colour of the End of the World” by KT Wagner. Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine, Issue 33, March 2022. 

Surrounded by gnomes, gargoyles, and poisonous plants, KT Wagner writes Gothic horror and op/ed pieces in the garden of her British Columbia home, regardless of the weather. She enjoys day-dreaming and is a collector of strange plants, weird trivia, and obscure tomes. KT organizes writer events and works to create literary community though much of this has been temporarily derailed by the pandemic. A number of her short stories are published in magazines and anthologies. She’s currently working on a novel.

Website:  https://northernlightsgothic.com/

Match Girl” by Helen PatriceEye to the Telescope Issue 43, Light, January 2022.

Helen Patrice is an Australian writer living in Melbourne. She writes speculative short fiction, creative non-fiction and memoir, and both literary and speculative poetry. Her work is influenced by Marge Piercy, Connie Willis, Tanith Lee, and Sarah Gailey. Helen has been published in both literary and genres journals, newspapers, and various magazines. Helen is neurodiverse, and still thinks NASA should have accepted her yearly applications for astronaut training. Her hobbies include belly dance, yoga, and creating a permaculture garden.


What Writers Say About Our Workshops

“The best writing career money I ever spent was on the Storied Imaginarium Monstrous Women writing course presented by Carina Bissett. We studied together, wrote stories based on that week’s module, and then critiqued each other’s work. I immediately sold two pieces that I had written in the workshop, and made dear friends that I still associate with. I’m planning to sign up for another one of Carina’s classes next time they open. It was astronomically helpful and inspiring.” — Mercedes M. Yardley, author of Little Dead Red. (Storyville: What’s the Best Money You’ve Spent on Your Writing Career?, column by Richard Thomas)

“Storied Imaginarium workshops have helped me generate many stories, poems, and story ideas, including my first pro-rate sale and four additional sales. While being primarily generative, I have learned more from Carina and my fellow workshop writers, through discussions and critiques, than I have in more instructionally focused workshops. The modules cover an expansive and in-depth selection of retellings, research, and related articles. I’ve come back to them again and again when looking for creative sparks.” — Roni Stinger, author of “The Ground Shook,” Dark Matter Magazine and “Worm Bagging,” Unnerving Magazine.

“I love working with Carina and the Storied Imaginarium. The courses are carefully crafted, a blend of creativity and academia that makes a perfect storm for writing thoughtful, smart speculative fiction. The class format supports constructive criticism that helps me analyze my strengths and weaknesses as a writer, while pushing me to expand my horizons and write outside my comfort zone. More than that, Carina has in-depth knowledge of the various markets for speculative short fiction which she uses to help us revise our work. I am positive that without the Storied Imaginarium, I would not have the publication credits I have today. I look forward to our next class together!” — Claire Eliza Bartlett, author of “The Velvet Castles of the Night,” Daily Science Fiction.

“Carina is a great teacher—insightful, resourceful and empathetic. It was Carina who encouraged me to get my stories out, even when they’d rather skulk in the corners of my brain, then revise and send my work out to publishers. She helped me think critically about my characters, plot, setting, and everything [else] that makes a story. I can’t wait to work with her more in the future.” – Daniela Tomova, author of “Behind Her, Trailing like Butterfly Wings,” Apex Magazine.

“Carina Bissett is one of the most energetic and enthusiastic workshop leaders I’ve ever seen. Her generous reading, sharp eye for detail, and prolific knowledge of both fairy tales and publishing make her an ideal teacher for novice and practiced writers alike. I heartily recommend any writing program with her at the helm.” – Julia K. Patt, author of “Whatever Tower, However High,” Escape Pod and My Dear, Like the Sky and Stars and Sun,” Clarkesworld.

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