Science Fiction and Myth

800px-Jack_and_the_Beanstalk_Giant_-_Project_Gutenberg_eText_17034This intensive, online writing workshop explores the theme of the Intersections: Science Fiction, Fairy Tales and Myth in a series of modules designed to prompt story generation over the course of ten (10) weeks. Participants will explore fairy tales, folk tales, and world myths with links to scientific themes ranging from climate-based studies to technological advances. Module materials include introductory information, select excerpts, resource links, popular re-tellings, quotes & trivia, writing prompts, and discussion questions. The next session will run from the June through the first of August.

NOTE: Specific days and time for meetings will be set based on participant availability. In the past, meetings have typically occurred mid-morning during the week (this translates to early evening for students in Europe), and mid-afternoon or early evening during the week (accessible for participants working 17-18 hours ahead in Australian time zones).

In each section, participants will be reading SIX (6) modules. Participants new to Storied Imaginarium workshops will be meeting mid-May (TBD) for orientation. After that, there will be one story due each week based on the modules. The final two weeks are dedicated to revisions of two to three stories, which will be presented in portfolio.

Week 1 (6/1-6/7): Introductions, Into the Dark Wood (prompts), Module 1 discussion.
Week 2 (6/8-6/14): “Brother and Sister” & Gene Editing, Module 2 discussion.
Week 3 (6/15-6/21): “Jack and the Beanstalk” & Greenhouse Gas, Module 3 discussion.
Week 4 (6/22-6/28): “Bremen Town Musicians” & Ageism, Module 4 discussion.
Week 5 (6/29-7/5): “Godfather Death” & Transhumanism, Module 5 discussion.
Week 6 (7/6-7/12): “Donkeyskin” & Fatal Fashion, Module 6 discussion.
Week 7 (7/13-7/19): “The Ballad of Mulan” & Cross-dressing and Gender Expression.
Week 8 (7/20-7/26): NO WORKSHOP
Week 9 (7/27-8/2): Portfolio Presentations
Week 10 (8/3-8/9): Portfolio Presentations

Participants will have access to a private Facebook forum and will be expected to submit stories 2-3 days prior to workshop in order to allow other participants the time to read and comment on each piece. This should be viewed as a generative process. There are no expectations for polished drafts at this stage. During the workshop, which is held online via Zoom, writers will be reading their stories and then receiving roundtable feedback. Writers will be assigned a weekly meeting time according to scheduling preferences and are expected to participate in the critique process. At the end of the course, participants will work on the revision of 2-3 stories generated in workshop, which will be presented during the final two meetings.

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.) Workshops are limited to a maximum of six (6) participants in each session.

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. The registration packet includes detailed information on each module, expectations & etiquette, and educational materials. Space is limited.

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“Every fairy tale had a bloody lining. Every one had teeth and claws.” 

Alice HoffmanThe Ice Queen