Intersections: Only one seat left

goose girl 5Hello everyone. The workshops for the fall section of Intersections: Science Fiction, Fairy Tales, and Myth filled up fast. I only have ONE seat left for the 6:30-9 pm (MST) session on Thursday night.  The dates we will be meeting online are 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, and 11/14. (NOTE: This ends up being in mid-morning the following  day [Friday] for participants in Australia.) We will be working with six fairy tales, and participants will be getting a second round of critique on two to three of those stories during the portfolio weeks. Time is running out. I hope you’ll join us. It’s going to be fun!

On a side note, if there is enough interest, I may open up another morning or afternoon section on Thursday or Friday. TBD

Week 1 (9/9-9/15): Introductions, Into the Dark Wood (prompts), Module 1 discussion.
Week 2 (9/16-9/22): “Firebird” & Bioluminescence, Module 2 discussion.
Week 3 (9/23-9/29): Swan Maidens & Migratory Pathways, Module 3 discussion.
Week 4 (9/30-10/6): “Pied Piper” & Viruses, Module 4 discussion.
Week 5 (10/7-10/13): “The Nightingale” & Automatons, Module 5 discussion.
Week 6 (10/14-10/20): “The Goose Girl” & Future of Facial Recognition, Module 6 discussion.
Week 7 (10/21-10/27): “Hansel and Gretel” & Genetic Trauma.
Week 8 (10/28-11/3): NO WORKSHOP
Week 9 (11/4-11/10): Portfolio Presentations
Week 10 (11/11-11/17): Portfolio Presentations

Workshop Story Publications

Factor FourIt’s been a great year for participants of Storied Imaginarium workshops. The Fall workshops for Intersections: Science Fiction, Fairy Tales and Myth are filling up fast.  There is only one seat open in the Thursday evening workshop (6:30-9 pm MST) and two seats open in the Tuesday mid-morning workshop (10 am-12:30 pm MST). The third workshop will most likely be held either Tuesday or Thursday afternoon, depending on participant availability.

In the meantime, enjoy these wonderful stories that originated in past workshops. Welcome to the Storied Imaginarium.

Other VoicesArabella and the Spiders” by KT Wagner, Factor Four Magazine: Issue 4, January 2019. (Intersections: Arachne Myth and Spiderwoman Stories & Cosmic Web Module)

“Urban Moon” by Mercedes Murdock Yardley, Other Voices, Other Tombs, edited by Brhel & Sullivan, July 2019.  (Monstrous Women: The Shifting Shapes of Animal Brides)

A Shake in Her Boneless Soul” by Cassandra Schoeber, Bone & Ink Lit Zine, July 2019. (Intersections: Snow White & Human Neuro-Reanimation)

Interzone“The Frog’s Prince; or, Iron Henry” by N.A. Sulway, Interzone #282, Jul.–Aug. 2019. (Intersections: Iron Henry & Invasive Species)

Within This Body of Stone I Scream” by Cassandra Schoeber, The Arcanist, August 2019. (Intersections: Golem Myths and Ancient Viruses & the Spark of Life)

“Beneath Her Skin” by KT Wagner, The Twisted Book of Shadows, edited by Christopher Golden and James A. Moore, October 2019. (Monstrous Women: Matriarchal Monsters and First Females)

not-all-monsters-v2.jpg“Unfettered” by Leslie Wibberley, Not All Monsters, edited by Sara Tantlinger, Forthcoming. (Intersections: Firebird & Bioluminescence)

“The Making of Asylum Ophelia” by Mercedes Murdock Yardley, Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors, edited by Doug Murano and Michael Bailey, Forthcoming. (Monstrous Women: The Female Descent into Hysteria and Madness)Miscreations

Registration opens July 15

nightingale1Registration for the Fall session of Intersections: Science Fiction, Fairy Tales and Myth opens on July 15. There will only be three sections available; time and day for workshops will be determined according to participant availability.

The Fall workshop will be ten weeks long and include six modules. The maximum word count will be 3,000 words for each module. The portfolio will include 2-3 revisions (10K max) and these sessions will take place over the course of two weeks. Workshops will begin the second week of September and will run through mid-November. There will be no workshop during the week of the World Fantasy Convention (Oct. 28-Nov. 3). The price is $500 with a 10% discount for returning participants.

goose girl 5The modules for Fall 2019 will be:

  • “The Goose Girl” & Future of Facial Recognition
  • “The Nightingale” & Automatons
  • “Pied Piper” & Viruses
  • Swan Maidens & Migratory Pathways
  • “Firebird” & Bioluminescence
  • “Hansel and Gretel” & Genetic Trauma

REGISTRATION: To save a seat for Intersections: Science Fiction, Fairy Tales and Myth, send an email request for an invoice to Carina Bissett at cmariebissett@gmail.com. The fee to attend the workshop is $500, payable to cmariebissett@gmail.com via PayPal. There is a $100 non-refundable deposit required to hold your spot with payment in FULL prior to the first class. Returning students receive a 10% discount. Space is limited.

The Folklore of Ivan and Koschei the Deathless

kosheiWe have all heard of Baba Yaga at some point — in art, literature, even gaming.  But Russian lore talks about a lot of interesting witches and sorcerers, about going on life-changing quests and completing impossible tasks.  However today we will be looking at one in particular — a certain immortal sorcerer who murdered a prince over and over again until he was defeated.  I am, of course, talking about Ivan and Koschei the Deathless.

Their story begins with Ivan’s parent’s death.  Ivan’s sisters marry wizards disguised as birds and, after discovering how lonely it is being, well, alone, Ivan sets out to find them.  He meets Marya — a warrior woman — along the way whom he marries.  However, Marya sets off to war, warning Ivan to not open a specific door.  Which, no surprise, he does.  Ivan discovers an old, withering man, draped in a dozen chains, begging for water.  Ivan brings him barrels of it, which the man uses to revive himself, shedding his disguise, breaking his chains, and revealing himself to be none other than Koschei the deathless.  Koschei swears he will kidnap Marya for revenge and disappears, leaving Ivan alone in the now empty room.koshei 2

This is where the crazy adventure begins.  Ivan finds them, saves Marya, only to be caught by Koschei’s faster horses and then murdered.  Each time he is killed, however, one of this sisters’ husbands save him until eventually they tell him of a faster horse he can find if he only visits Baba Yaga.  So, Ivan sets off to Baba Yaga’s house, survives and passes her three tests, and obtains his incredibly fast horse.  He then sets out to save Marya and, eventually, kill Koschei the Deathless once and for all.

Their story is one of adventure, death, and impossible tasks.  Koschei the deathless could not defeat Ivan in the end, despite being all-powerful and immortal.  And though he was defeated in the end, he will live on in stories as the evil sorcerer, waiting to send the young hero on his quest of self discovery.

 

For more reading on Ivan and Koschei the Deathless (sources):
https://www.slavorum.org/koshchei-the-deathless-legend-of-immortal-slavic-villain/
https://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends-europe/slavic-legend-immortality-koschei-deathless-002717
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZdhJ9e8NzQ

Workshop Registration Open

lrrhamandadiazRegistration is open for the second Spring section of Intersections: Science Fiction, Fairy Tales and Myth. This generative workshop will be held from the first week in April (1-7) through the third week of May (13-19). No workshop during the week of May 6-12 due to StokerCon. The themes for this section include “Bluebeard” & DNA Databanks; “Thumbelina” & Microbes and Mites; and “Little Red Riding Hood” & The Natural History of the Color Red. There are a couple of open seats in the Monday session (2-4:30 pm MST) and a possible opening in the Tuesday session (12:30-3 pm MST). I will consider opening an additional session on Wednesday (1-3:30 or 2-4:30 pm MST) depending on interest. The Thursday evening session is FULL.
 
Note: This fairy tale art is by Amanda Diaz Photography. Her work is gorgeous and, best of all, she offers photography workshops. You can see more of her work on her website.

East of the Sun and West of the Moon

kay_nielsen_3East of the Sun and West of the Moon” is the third entry in The Blue Fairy Book. This Norwegian fairy tale was originally collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe. It is Aarne–Thompson type 425A, Search for the Lost Husband. It is related to both the tale of “Cupid and Psyche” in The Golden Ass and to “Beauty and the Beast.” Beauty and the Beast is usually given its own subcategory as 425C which has the same name as the tale. East of the Sun and West of the Moon is usually placed in 425A: The Animal Bridegroom (Thompson 1945). You can read the entire fairy tale for free at Patreon.

Other related entries include She Sees Him by Candlelight, The Golden Age of Illustration, Riding the Wind, and The Troll Bride. Enjoy!

Spring Workshop Schedule

45y3wt4qwegwegwegewgANNOUNCEMENT: The day workshop schedules firmed up for the first Spring section of Intersections: Science Fiction, Fairy Tale & Myth. There will also be an evening session, but I haven’t pinned down the time and day for those meetings as of yet.
There is ONE seat left in the Monday workshop (2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18), which runs from 2-4:30 pm (PST). There is also only ONE seat left in the Wednesday workshop (2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20), which runs from 12-2:30 pm (PST). There are TWO seats left in the evening workshop, but I’m waiting for another registration before finalizing that time and day. Feel free to share. This is going to be FUN! — Carina Bissett