Intersections in Fairy Tales and Myth


THE SEASON OF THE Bear Registration for Intersections in Fairy Tales and Myth is now CLOSED. Time and day for workshops will be determined according to participant availability. The course will begin in March and run through the May.

Currently, the proposed schedule is as follows:

SECTION I: Mondays from 9-11:30 am (PST), 10 am-12:30 pm (MST), 11 am-1:30 pm (CST), 12-2:30 (EST); 6-9:30 pm (CET) FULL

SECTION II: Tuesdays from 4:30-7 pm (PST), 5:30-8 pm (MST), 6:30-9 pm (CST), 7:30-10 pm (EST); Wednesdays 10:30 am-1 pm (AEDT) FULL

SECTION III: Wednesdays from 9-11:30 am (PST), 10 am-12:30 pm (MST), 11 am-1:30 pm (CST), 12-2:30 (EST); 6-9:30 pm (CET) FULL

Schedule subject to change based on participant availability. For conversion check If there is enough interest, we may add an additional workshop on Friday afternoon or on the weekend. Send an email with your preferred time and day, and we will see what we can do.

Note: Daylight Savings Time starts on March 12 on November 6 in the United States in Canada and on March 26 in Central Europe. Daylight Savings Time ends in Australia on April 2.

The Storied Imaginarium has been running online generative writing workshops since 2016 and now has participants from destinations worldwide. Writers have published stories from workshops in a wide array of anthologies and magazines including Apex Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, Daily Science Fiction, Escape Pod, Fantasy Magazine, Mermaids Monthly, and PULP Literature. Check out stories published by our workshop participants and our testimonials page. Our flexible program and synchronous remote format makes it possible for writers to connect from different countries working across multiple time zones, which creates an engaging and exciting community!

THE SEASON OF THE BEAR workshop is twelve weeks long and includes five modules. Participants are encouraged to write a poem, short story, or essay (3K maximum word count) for each module. Alternating weeks are dedicated to study, discussion, and writing prompts. At the end of the course, writers will present one revision (5K maximum word count). The price to join THE SEASON OF THE BEAR is $600 with a 10% discount for returning participants.

Materials for THE SEASON OF THE BEAR include:

  • MODULE 1: Bear Tales & Hibernation
  • MODULE 2: The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf & Extremophiles
  • MODULE 3: Baba Yaga & Fairy Tale Architecture
  • MODULE 4: The Boy Who Did Not Know What Fear Was & The Science of Fear
  • MODULE 5: Hades and Persephone & Sinkholes

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 $600, 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. Space is limited. Workshops are capped at six participants per group (plus facilitator!)

This series of interactive and generative workshops offers and the opportunity to explore fairy tales and other traditional tales, paired with strange and marvelous concepts. You’ll have an opportunity to workshop five new stories or poems, and a portfolio piece you’ve revised based on the workshop discussions. This is a supportive and generative workshop that combines reading, discussion, writing, and feedback.


Week 1 (3/6-3/12): Retellings: Into the Dark Woods & Discussion of Module 1 reading material

Week 2 (3/13-3/19): Module 1 Story Workshop

Week 3 (3/20-3/26): Discussion of Module 2 reading material & prompts

Week 4 (3/27-4/2): Module 2 Story Workshop

Week 5 (4/3-4/9): Discussion of Module 3 reading material & prompts

Week 6 (4/10-4/16): Module 3 Story Workshop

Week 7 (4/17-4/23): Discussion of Module 4 reading material & prompts

Week 8 (4/24-4/30): Module 4 Story Workshop

Week 9 (5/1-5/7): Discussion of Module 5 reading material & prompts

Week 10 (5/8-5/14): Module 5 Story Workshop

Week 11 (5/15-5/21): Revision & Submission Strategies

Week 12 (5/22-5/28): Portfolio Presentations

What you get:

  • An introductory lesson exploring the history of the fairy tale, and various approaches to creating new works that draw on this rich and strange tradition.
  • Five lessons that combine a tale and a scientific or cultural concept, each of which includes traditional and contemporary tales, writing prompts, and stimulus information about the paired concept.
  • Twelve face-to-face workshops, delivered via Zoom and facilitated by The Storied Imaginarium’s passionate writers and teachers.
  • Access to a private Facebook group where you can interact with your facilitator and fellow workshop participants.
  • Access to a shared drive to upload your stories for workshopping.
  • An opportunity to share and discuss five of your original stories, plus an extra week when you can resubmit one story you’ve revised on the basis of the workshop discussion.
  • Written and oral feedback on the five stories + portfolio that you submit from both your peers in the workshop, and your workshop facilitator, including advice on potential markets for your work.

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