Science Fiction and Myth

Little_Match_Girl_-_Anne_AndersonThis 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 Spring 2020 session will run from the third week of February through April. There will be no workshop during the week of the StokerCon (April 13-19).

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 the second or third week (TBD) of February 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 (2/24-3/1): Introductions, Into the Dark Wood (prompts), Module 1 discussion.
Week 2 (3/2-3/8): “Little Match Girl” & Forest Fires, Module 2 discussion.
Week 3 (3/9-3/15): “The Riddle” & Poison, Module 3 discussion.
Week 4 (3/16-3/22): “Three Little Pigs” & Bacterial Weaponry, Module 4 discussion.
Week 5 (3/23-3/29): Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Magic Mushrooms and Depression, Module 5 discussion.
Week 6 (3/30-4/5): “The Emperor’s New Clothes” & Fake News, Module 6 discussion.
Week 7 (4/6-4/12): “Koskei the Deathless” & Rejuvenation Research.
Week 8 (4/13-4/19): NO WORKSHOP
Week 9 (4/20-4/26): Portfolio Presentations
Week 10 (4/27-5/3): Portfolio Presentations

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


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

Alice HoffmanThe Ice Queen