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Celtic Myths and Tales

Myths matter. They are the stories of a people, stories encoded with wisdom and practical applications. It is through the dialogue of myths that we are able to connect with different cultures. Celtic Myths and Tales were told by word of mouth,  fantastical stories about the mythic invasions of Ireland, the mystical kingdoms, warriors, giants, creatures of the underworld and magic. In this workshop, we will study famous Celtic Myths and Tales, artwork, ancient games, and the modern games that were inspired
by them all.

Science Fiction

Sci-Fi is a rich literary form with a myriad of subgenres, such as Military, Space Opera, Post-Apoc, and Cyberbpunk. So what distinguishes sci-fi from other “literature of the fantastic”genres? What is its enduring appeal? What can we learn from it? This workshop explores those ideas – and more!

Edgar Allan Poe

One of Poe’s short story collections is titled Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque. This confluence – graceful vs twisted, order vs chaos, man as satire vs man as distilled character, is the essence of Poe’s writing and life. This workshop explores those themes and how they are reflected in Gothic literature as a whole.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy literature. His versions of elves, dragons, orcs, and dwarves have become what we think of those fantasy creatures being.
But most people only know him for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. This workshop explores some of this great master’s other works.

Agents and Spies

James Bond, Simon Templar, Jack Ryan, Natasha Romanoff, Peggy Carter, and Nancy Drew – These iconic agents, investigators, and spies have graced the pages of much-loved books for decades. What makes these characters who often operate on the edges of morality so compelling? This workshop explores our love affair with characters who dance in the shadows.

Chilling Horror Stories

Fear. Everyone feels it. While many fears are shared and nigh universal, others vary  from person to person. But while we avoid things that make us afraid, we are drawn to
horror fiction. This workshop explores horror as a genre, how authors scare us with mere words on a page, and why we eagerly seek out fiction designed to scare us.