Spring Workshops Announced

intro3The Fall semester is coming to a close and it’s time to announce the Spring schedule! Monstrous Women continues with more in-depth modules featuring the fabulous and the frightening. Participants do NOT need to have taken Monstrous Women I prior to taking Monstrous Women II. In Spring we will be exploring the following modules: The Shifting Shapes of Animal Brides, The Seductive Allure of the Femme Fatale, Weeping Women and Tearful Prophecies, The Female Descent into Hysteria and Madness, Women’s Vengeance Unleashed, and Mayhem in Numbers and the Sacred Three. This course meets weekly online via Skype with weekly meetings alternating between discussions and workshops.

carse_nightingale Intersections: Science Fiction, Fairy Tales and Myth is moving away from the self-paced course and will be returning to the weekly, online generative workshop model with a series of ten modules designed to prompt story generation over the course of 16 weeks. Participants will explore fairy tales, folk tales, and world myths with links to scientific themes ranging from climate-based studies to technological advances. The Spring modules for this course are as follows: Elves and the Shoemaker & Wearable Technology;  Sleeping Beauty & Science of Dreams; Nuada of the Silver Arm (The Mabinogion) & Cyborgs; The Goose Girl & Future of Facial Recognition; Trickster Tales & Military and Spy Technology; The Nightingale & Artificial Intelligence; Hansel and Gretel & Genetic Trauma; Arachne Myth and Spiderwoman Stories & Cosmic Web; Diamonds and Toads & Earth’s Dwindling Resources; Maenads & Science of Addiction.

Both Monstrous Women and in Science Fiction and Myth will meet weekly from the end of January through mid-May. Each class is limited to 5 participants and runs for 2-2.5 hours each week. Class times will be determined according to instructor and participant availability. Module materials include introductory information, select excerpts, resource links, popular re-tellings, quotes & trivia, writing prompts, and discussion questions. In addition to writing stories for each module, participants are expected to critique their peers’ work and to read discussion materials.

finishingschoolIn addition to these classes, The Storied Imaginarium will also be offering Finishing School for writers. If you have a stack of drafts and you need the incentive to complete and polish them, Finishing School is for you. In short, these workshops will be devoted to craft, discipline, revision, marketing, and networking. Participants will workshop four manuscripts over the course of 16 weeks with the intention of polishing these pieces for submission.

The cost for each of this 16-week courses is $600*. A 10% discount is available for returning students and there is an additional 10% discount for registration paid in full. Payment plans are available upon request.

*A percent of each registration will go towards a scholarship offered to students without the financial means to participate in courses at The Storied Imaginarium.

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Workshop Schedule for Fall 2017

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

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 Monstrous Female Unveiled, & 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 Seductive Allure of the Femme Fatale, 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

This self-paced class 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 10 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 Swan Maiden” & Migratory Pathways, “Johnny Appleseed” and GMOs & the Changing Face of Food, “Isis and Osiris” (excerpt from The Osiris Myth) & Fracking/Agriculture, The King of the Wood” (excerpt from The Golden Bough) & The Internet of Fungus, and “Pied Piper” & Viruses.

“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