Intersections: Science Fiction, Fairy Tales, and Myth

THE SEASON OF THE HARE

Registration for Intersections: Science Fiction, Fairy Tales and Myth is now OPEN. Time and day for workshops will be determined according to participant availability. The course will begin mid-February and run through the first week of May.

The Storied Imaginarium has been running online generative writing workshops since 2016 and now has participants from destinations worldwide. Writers have published stories from workshops in a wide array of anthologies and magazines including Apex Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, Daily Science Fiction, Escape Pod, Fantasy Magazine, Mermaids Monthly, and PULP Literature. Check out stories published by our workshop participants and our testimonials page. Our flexible program and synchronous remote format makes it possible for writers to connect from different countries working across multiple time zones, which creates an engaging and exciting community!

THE SEASON OF THE HARE workshop is twelve weeks long and includes five modules. Participants are encouraged to write a poem, short story, or essay (3K maximum word count) for each module. Alternating weeks are dedicated to study, discussion, and writing prompts. At the end of the course, writers will present one revision (5K maximum word count). The price to join THE SEASON OF THE HARE is $500 with a 10% discount for returning participants.

Materials for THE SEASON OF THE HARE include:

MODULE 1: Hare Tales & Resurrection
MODULE 2: “Beauty and the Beast” & Body Modification
MODULE 3: “The White Cat” & Literary Doubling
MODULE 4: “The Princess on the Glass Hill” & Glassworks
MODULE 5: “The Red Etin” & Polycephaly

Image: “The Mockingbird and the Hare” by Kelly Louise Judd

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. Workshops are capped at six participants per group (plus facilitator!)

This series of interactive and generative workshops offers and opportunity to explore fairy tales and other traditional tales, paired with strange and marvelous concepts. You’ll have an opportunity to workshop five new stories or poems, and a portfolio piece you’ve revised based on the workshop discussions. This is a supportive and generative workshop that combines reading, discussion, writing, and feedback.

SCHEDULE

Week 1 (2/14-2/20): Retellings: Into the Dark Woods & Discussion of Module 1 reading material

Week 2 (2/21-2/27): Module 1 Story Workshop

Week 3 (2/28-3/6): Discussion of Module 2 reading material & prompts

Week 4 (3/7-3/13): Module 2 Story Workshop

Week 5 (3/14-3/20): Discussion of Module 3 reading material & prompts

Week 6 (3/21-3/27): Module 3 Story Workshop

Week 7 (3/28-4/3): Discussion of Module 4 reading material & prompts

Week 8 (4/4-4/10): Module 4 Story Workshop

Week 9 (4/11-4/17): Discussion of Module 5 reading material & prompts

Week 10 (4/18-4/24): Module 5 Story Workshop

Week 11 (4/25-5/1): Revision & Submission Strategies

Week 12 (5/2-5/8): Portfolio Presentations

Note: In the past, workshops have traditionally been held mid-morning or early afternoon on Tuesday or Wednesday. Evening sessions usually occur on either Wednesday or Thursday. However, we work diligently to create a schedule that is feasible for all participants. (It just takes a little negotiation and wrangling of time zones.)

For example: Participant A lives in New York, participant B lives in Florida, participant C lives in Illinois, participant D lives in Colorado, and participant E lives in Australia. The U.S.-based writers work day jobs and need an evening course on a Thursday. The Australian writer is flexible (since they are in the southern hemisphere, they will be a day ahead). In this case, the schedule might look like this: 5:30-8 pm Thursday (MST), 6:30-9 pm Thursday (CST); 7:30-10 pm Thursday (EST); 11:30 am-2 pm (AEDT) Friday.

Another example: Participant A lives in Denmark and participant B lives in London. Both need an evening course. Participant C lives in British Columbia and participant D lives in Oregon. Both are available for day sessions. Participant E lives in Colorado and has a flexible schedule. All of the participants are in the northern hemisphere, and they have agreed on Tuesday as the best day. In this case, the schedule might look like this: 10 am-12:30 pm (PST); 11 am-1:30 pm (MST); 5-7:30 pm (GMT); 6-8:30 pm (CET).

It might seem like a lot, but I’ve been juggling time zones for five years. Once I know participant availability, I start matching up schedules. It’s a process, but it always works out.

What you get:

  • An introductory lesson exploring the history of the fairy tale, and various approaches to creating new works that draw on this rich and strange tradition.
  • Five lessons that combine a tale and a scientific or cultural concept, each of which includes traditional and contemporary tales, writing prompts, and stimulus information about the paired concept.
  • Twelve face-to-face workshops, delivered via Zoom and facilitated by The Storied Imaginarium’s passionate writers and teachers.
  • Access to a private Facebook group where you can interact with your facilitator and fellow workshop participants.
  • Access to a shared drive to upload your stories for workshopping.
  • An opportunity to share and discuss five of your original stories, plus an extra week when you can resubmit one story you’ve revised on the basis of the workshop discussion.
  • Written and oral feedback on the five stories + portfolio that you submit from both your peers in the workshop, and your workshop facilitator, including advice on potential markets for your work.

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