Science Fiction and Myth

sleeping beautyThis 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 16 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 section of Intersections : Science Fiction, Fairy Tales and Myth runs from the last week of January through mid-May.

Over the course of 16 weeks, participants will write a total of 10 pieces of speculative fiction based on each week’s readings and prompts. (In this case, speculative fiction includes all of the categories and sub-genres under the primary genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.) This intense practicum has been created with the intention of creating a safe community for discussion and feedback in a semi-formal fiction workshop setting. This immersive course is designed to accommodate flexible scheduling options with no more than five participants assigned to each workshop. Although this course has been created primarily for writers working at an intermediate level, it’s open to all writers looking to develop their craft.

elvesThe tentative Spring 2018 schedule for Intersections: Science Fiction, Fairy Tales and Myth is as follows (themes are subject to change):

Week 01— Introduction and Inspirations

Week 02—Retellings: Into the Dark Woods

Week 03— Elves and the Shoemaker & Wearable Technology

Week 04— Sleeping Beauty & Science of Dreams

Week 05— Nuada of the Silver Arm (The Mabinogion) & Cyborgs

Week 06— The Goose Girl & Future of Facial Recognition

Week 07—Trickster Tales & Military and Spy Technology

Week 08—The Nightingale & Artificial Intelligence

Week 09—Hansel and Gretel & Genetic Trauma

Week 10—Arachne Myth and Spiderwoman Stories & Cosmic Web

Week 11— Diamonds and Toads & Earth’s Dwindling Resources

Week 12—Maenads & Science of Addiction

Week 13—Revision Strategies

Week 14—Portfolio Presentations

Week 15—Portfolio Presentations

Week 16—Submission Strategies and Marketing

nightingaleParticipants 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 Skype, 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 2-4 portfolio pieces, which will be discussed at the end of the semester.

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 5 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. 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

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