Intersections: Science Fiction, Fairy Tales, and Myth (Spring 2021)

Registration for the Spring session of Intersections: Science Fiction, Fairy Tales and Myth is open. There will only be two sections available; time and day for workshops will be determined according to participant availability. Workshops will begin the first week of March and will run through the end of April. The Spring 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. The price is $500 with a 10% discount for returning participants.

The modules for Spring 2021 will be:

MODULE 1: “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” & Cartography
MODULE 2: “Rumpelstisltkin” & Alchemy and Transmutation
MODULE 3: “The Flayed Old Lady” & Anti-Aging Research
MODULE 4: “The Wild Swans” & Social Isolation
MODULE 5: “Rapunzel” & Foraging
MODULE 6: “The Story of Urashima Taro” (Japanese Fairy Tale) & Underwater Realms and Sunken Cities

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

REGISTRATION: To save a seat for Intersections: Science Fiction, Fairy Tales and Myth, send an email request for an invoice to Carina Bissett at The fee to attend the workshop is $500, payable to 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.

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 six new stories or poems, and (in the final two weeks) a portfolio of work you’ve revised based on the workshop discussions. This is a supportive and generative workshop that combines reading, discussion, writing, and feedback.


Week 1 (3/1-3/7): Introductions and Discussion of Module 1 reading material
Week 2 (3/8-3/14): Module 1 Workshop and Discussion of Module 2 reading material
Week 3 (3/15-3/21): Module 2 Workshop and Discussion of Module 3 reading material
Week 4 (3/22-3/28): Module 3 Workshop and Discussion of Module 4 reading material
Week 5 (3/29-4/4): Module 4 Workshop and Discussion of Module 5 reading material
Week 6 (4/5-4/11): Module 5 Workshop and Discussion of Module 6 reading material
Week 7 (4/12-4/18): Module 6 Workshop and Revision
Week 8 (4/12-4/18): Virtual Write-In
Week 9 (4/19-4/25): Portfolio Presentations
Week 10 (4/26-5/2): Portfolio Presentations

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.
  • Six 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.
  • Nine 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 six of your original stories, plus an extra week when you can resubmit stories you’ve revised on the basis of the workshop discussion.
  • Written and oral feedback on the six 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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