Science Fiction and Myth

cinderella 1This 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 14 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 Fall section of Intersections : Science Fiction, Fairy Tales and Myth runs from the end of August through mid-December.

Over the course of 14 weeks, participants will write a total of 7 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 six 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.

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

bearskinWeek 01— Introduction and Inspirations (Handout: Retellings: Into the Dark Woods)

Week 02—Maid Maleen and Doppelgangers

Week 03—The Singing Bone and Intersteller Linguistics

Week 04—Bearskin and Biohybrid Robots

Week 05—Cinderella and Bio & Interactive Tattoos

Week 06—Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

Week 07—Snow White and Human Neuro-Reanimation

Week 08—Golem Myths and Ancient Viruses & the Spark of Life

Week 09—Pele Myths & The Wizard of Oz and Natural Catastrophes

peleWeek 10—Revision Strategies

Week 11—Discussion of the novel Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Week 12—Portfolio Presentations

Week 13—Portfolio Presentations

Week 14—Submission Strategies and Marketing

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 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 2-3 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.) As part of the program, two novels will be read and discussed.  Participants are expected to acquire these novels either by purchase or through a lending program. Workshops are limited to 5-6 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 $450, 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.

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

Alice HoffmanThe Ice Queen

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