Science Fiction and Myth

harbourmermaid1This 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 six (6) 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. There are TWO (2) sections of this generative workshop in Spring 2019: the second week of February (11-17) through the third week of March (18-24), and from the first week in April (1-7) through the third week of May (13-19). No workshop during the week of May 6-12 due to StokerCon.

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), mid-afternoon during the week (accessible for participants working across time

frog kingOver the course of six (6) weeks, participants will write a total of three (3) 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 (6) participants assigned to each workshop. This course is geared towards an intermediate level; however, it’s open to all writers looking to develop their craft.

In each section, participants will be reading THREE (3) modules, which will be available two (2) weeks PRIOR to the course starting. The first week will be a discussion of ALL three (3) modules. The second, third, and fourth weeks will be dedicated to workshopping each of the modules in turn. The fifth week will be a discussion week on revisions. And the sixth and final week will be dedicated to portfolios: one (1) revised and edited story, an author bio, and a submission plan.

nielsen_snowqueen4SECTION I: the second week of February (11-17) through the third week of March (18-24)

Week 1 (2/11-2/17): Introductions, Into the Dark Wood (prompts), Modules 1-3 Discussion.
Week 2 (2/18-2/24): “The Snow Queen” & Melting Polar Caps
Week 3 (2/25-3/3): “Iron Henry, or the Frog Prince” & Invasive Species
Week 4 (3/4-3/10): “Little Mermaid” & Pollution (Earth’s Oceans and Orbit)
Week 5 (3/11-3/17: Revision and Submission Strategies & Marketing Tools for Authors
Week 6 (3/18-3/24): Portfolio Presentations

bluebeard2SECTION II: first week of April (1-7) through mid-May (5/13-5/19)

Week 1 (4/1-4/7): Introductions, Into the Dark Wood (prompts), Modules 1-3 Discussion.
Week 2 (4/8-4/14): “Bluebeard” & DNA Databanks
Week 3 (4/15-4/21): “Thumbelina” & Microbes and Mites
Week 4 (4/22-4/28): “Little Red Riding Hood” & The Natural History of the Color Red
Week 5 (4/29-5/5): Revision and Submission Strategies & Marketing Tools for Authors
NO CLASS: StokerCon (5/6-5/12)
Week 6 (5/13-5/19): 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 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 one of the three stories generated in workshop, which will be presented during the final meeting.

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 $250, payable to via PayPal. There is a $75 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.

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

Alice HoffmanThe Ice Queen