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At The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic, real magic – gritty, sink-your-teeth-into-it, beautiful magic – is in story, is in art, is in folklore. It’s in an ancient charm for protection against storms, and in the crafting of a poem that captures that power. It’s in the garden you keep, in the silver on your fingers, in the fairy tales and legends you still remember, and tell again and again, because you need to.
Witches know this, and they dance through your garden and through your tales, telling you with their footsteps and songs what you need to know. The new course Seeking the Witch: Traditional Tales and Everyday Magic (May 1st – June 5th) will open the gates to a community of like-minded, passionate dreamers and creators. The lectures and discussions will provide both inspiration and direction for the storytelling process, while the weekly quests will help you produce a collection of stories through poetry and photographs, spoken word and videos. And, of course, you’ll learn to talk about fairy tales, legends, and folklore like a pro!
At its heart, this course is about enchantment and connection. In a Carterhaugh course, enchantment exists at the crossroads of knowledge and wonder – it’s a deep dive into folklore, a place where you can find the imagination and courage to see it reflected and refracted onto your own life story.
The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic is an online center for classes on fairy tales, folklore, and fantastic literature created in 2016. Its founders, Dr. Sara Cleto and Dr. Brittany Warman, both earned PhDs in English and Folklore from The Ohio State University. They are specialists in folk narrative, creative writers with numerous publications, and best friends who occasionally make horrible faces at each other, make fun of each other mercilessly, and laugh like drunken pixies.