Intersections : Nature and Myth
This self-paced course 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, folk tales, and world myths with links to scientific themes primarily in the fields of natural history, ecological news, and climate-based studies. Intersections: Nature and Myth runs from the first week of September through mid-November with modules released each Friday.
Over the course of 10 weeks, participants will have the opportunity to write a total of 8 short stories, poetry, and/or hybrid works based on each module’s readings and prompts. All genres are welcome. This intense practicum has been created with the intention of creating a safe community for discussion and exploration of your craft. Although this course has been created primarily for writers working at an intermediate level, it’s open to anyone looking to develop their craft.
The schedule for Intersections: Nature & Myth is as follows:
(9/1) Introduction and Inspirations
(9/8) “The Firebird” & “The Moon-Maiden: A Japanese Fairy Tale” paired with Bioluminescence
(9/15) “Aristaeus, the Bee-keeper” (excerpt from Bulfinch’s Mythology) & “The Bee and Jupiter” (Aesop’s Fables) paired with Colony Collapse Disorder
(9/22) “The Swan Maiden” & “The Grateful Crane” (Tsuru no Ongaeshi) –A Japanese Folktale paired with Migratory Pathways
(9/29) “Johnny Appleseed” & “Fruit in Mythology” (Myths Encyclopedia) paired with GMOs & the Changing Face of Food
(10/6) “Fisherman and his Wife” & “The Stonecutter” (Japanese Folktale from The Crimson Fairy Book compiled by Andrew Lang) paired with Climate Change & Our Warming Oceans
(10/13) “Isis and Osiris” (excerpt from The Osiris Myth) & “The Juniper Tree” by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, translated by D. L. Ashliman paired with Fracking &Agriculture
(10/20) “The King of the Wood” (excerpt from The Golden Bough) & “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” paired with The Internet of Fungus
(10/27) “Pied Piper” & “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” from Grimms’ Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm paired with Viruses
(11/3) Final Projects and/or Portfolios (Personal critiques will be available in scheduled one-hour online meetings with the instructor. Meetings will be held on Skype with scheduled blocks available throughout the month of November.
Intersections: Nature and Myth is designed to accommodate flexible scheduling with self-paced options. While craft development is included in the final critique, the primary focus of this course is on the exploration of fairy tales, folk tales, and world myths through the lens of scientific themes primarily in the fields of natural history, ecological news, and climate-based studies.
There are eight modules included in Intersections: Nature and Myth. Module materials include introductory information, select excerpts, resource links, popular re-tellings, quotes & trivia, writing prompts, discussion questions, and more.
Participants will have access to a private Facebook forum aimed towards community development, discussion, and further examination of related topics. This course was created to encourage the generative process for creative writers, poets, and artists. At the end of the course, participants will be able to schedule an online meeting with the instructor to discuss their portfolio of representative works created during the course.
Participants are expected to have access to a computer with Internet connections and a webcam. (Headphones are suggested.) Other requirements include the ability to access Google Docs and basic programs including Microsoft Word and Adobe Reader. (Access to Pinterest and YouTube are suggested, but not required for this course.)
REGISTRATION: To save a seat for Intersections: Nature & Myth, send an email request for an invoice to Carina Bissett at firstname.lastname@example.org. The fee to attend the workshop is $200, payable to email@example.com via PayPal. There is a $50 non-refundable deposit required to hold your spot with payment in FULL prior to the first class. Returning students receive a 10% discount. Registration packet includes detailed information on each module, expectations and etiquette, and educational materials. Space is limited.
“This is the realm of the uncanny, sometimes known as the weird tale, or literature of the strange. A country with no border, found in the spaces between….The macabre often hinges on the darkly humorous…. You become acclimated to the darkness there, finding in it a kind of kinship, even, for a time, a level of comfort. Once you reach that point, there is more joy and awe to be found even in creepy explorations of the unknown.” —“The Uncanny Power of the Weird” by Jeff Vandermeer at The Atlantic Monthly