The Storied Imaginarium

Workshop Schedule for Fall 2017

320px-Alfons_Mucha_-_Medea​Monstrous Women I: A Feminist Approach to Myth and Magic 

This intensive, online writing workshop explores the theme of Monstrous Women in literature and myth over the course of 16 weeks. Participants will explore goddesses and queens, monsters and mothers, soothsayers and shapeshifters. From the familiar to the obscure, these monstrous women seduce and beguile, pushing writers to take a closer look at the labels pasted on women who behave badly— whether they are supernatural or not.

Monstrous Women I includes the following modules: Great Goddesses of Death and Destruction, Matriarchal Monsters and First Females, Wicked Queens and Bloody Crowns, Witchy Women and Enchanted Attacks, The Seductive Allure of the Femme Fatale, and Lesbian Vampires and Lost Souls. Discussions and workshops begin in August and run through mid-November.


Intersections: Nature & Myth

Seven Swans

This self-paced course explores the theme of the Intersection of Nature, Humanity, and Myth in a series of modules designed to prompt story generation over the course of 10 weeks. Participants will explore fairy tales, folk tales, and world myths with links to scientific themes primarily in the fields of natural history, ecological news, and climate-based studies. Intersections: Nature and Myth runs from the first week of September through mid-November.

Modules in Intersections: Nature & Myth include the following scientific themes: Bioluminescence, Colony Collapse Disorder, Migratory Pathways, GMOs & the Changing Face of Food, Climate Change & Our Warming Oceans, Fracking & Agriculture, The Internet of Fungus, and Viruses.

Fairy tales, folktales, and myths explored include “The Firebird,” “The Moon-Maiden,”“Aristaeus, the Bee-keeper,” “The Bee and Jupiter,” “The Swan Maiden,” “The Grateful Crane,” “Johnny Appleseed,” “Fruit in Mythology,”  “Fisherman and his Wife,” “The Stonecutter,”“Isis and Osiris,” “The Juniper Tree,” “The King of the Wood,” “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,”  “Pied Piper,” and “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.”

Upcoming Workshop Offerings for Spring 2018

Monstrous Women II will be offered in Spring 2018 and will include the following modules: The Shifting Shapes of Animal Brides, The Monstrous Female Unveiled, Weeping Women and Tearful Prophecies, The Female Descent into Hysteria and Madness, Women’s Vengeance Unleashed, and Mayhem in Numbers and the Sacred Three. Registration will open in September.  Space is limited.

Teaching Philosophy 

I have been blessed with wonderful students of all abilities, many of who have gone on to publish in semi-pro and pro markets. As a writer, I feel that it’s important to constantly be searching for ways to improve my craft. I hold with this belief in my writing instruction, which is why I favor an in-depth, inquisitive critique style. I believe that as long as a student is open to the possibility of improvement, there is always something new to learn.

Student Endorsements

“Carina is a great teacher—insightful, resourceful and empathetic. It was Carina who encouraged me to get my stories out, even when they’d rather skulk in the corners of my brain, then revise and send my work out to publishers. She helped me think critically about my characters, plot, setting, and everything [else] that makes a story. I can’t wait to work with her more in the future.” – Daniela Tomova, author of “Behind Her, Trailing like Butterfly Wings,” forthcoming in Apex Magazine.

“Carina Bissett is one of the most energetic and enthusiastic workshop leaders I’ve ever seen. Her generous reading, sharp eye for detail, and prolific knowledge of both fairy tales and publishing make her an ideal teacher for novice and practiced writers alike. I heartily recommend any writing program with her at the helm.” –Julia Patt, author of “Whatever Tower, However High,” Escape Pod and “My Dear, Like the Sky and Stars and Sun,” Clarkesworld

“Carina’s classes are intensive and illuminating. I’m impressed with her extensive knowledge of myth and fairy tales, as well as her insightful and kind critique. Plus, there’s lots of writing involved.  Highly recommend!” – KT Wagner, author of “3-D Monarch” in Happily Ever After, “Slipped Stitch” in Dead of Winter, and “Grandma Heloise” at Daily Science Fiction.

“There are three great things about having Carina as a teacher. First, she’s knowledgeable. She knows what markets will take what story, how to go about selling that story, and what needs to be done to get to that point. Second, she knows how to get to that point. She can look at a story and immediately know what feedback to give. I always feel like I have a direction to go after workshopping with her. Third, she has a creative imagination that leads to some amazing prompts and insight. I always felt like I was looking into a deep cave that kept going every time she explained something to us. She opened our brains to new ways of thinking, and that’s really important when it’s a class about fairy tales. If you want to take your writing to the next level, Carina is a teacher you need to work with.”— J.R. Dawson, author of “Nozizwe and Almahdi,” Escape Pod.

“I have now had the pleasure of taking two courses taught by Carina Bissett. The content of her courses was well thought out and very detailed. Carina’s comments were both insightful and constructive, and very detailed. I recommend any course taught by her without reservation.” –Leslie Wibberly