The Carterhaugh School

Two of our admins, Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman, recently founded The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic, and we are wrapping up our first long course on The Fairy Tale.

From our “About” page:

“The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic is an online center for classes on folk narrative and fantastic literature created in 2016 by Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman. We both hold Masters degrees in Folklore from George Mason University and are currently completing PhDs in English and Folklore at the Ohio State University.

At OSU we have taught courses on folklore, fairy tales, folk narrative, nineteenth-century to contemporary British literature, fantastic literature, and composition, earning nominations for teaching awards and commendations from both supervisors and students. When we aren’t teaching or working on our dissertations, we are scholars and writers who have published peer-reviewed articles, sold stories and poems, written book introductions and encyclopedia entries, and published both creative and academic reviews. Supported by our backgrounds in academia and creative writing, we aim to use our knowledge and our passion for these subjects to share their wonder, solidify their importance in society, and spread a bit of magic into the world.


Folklore is an enormous category that unfortunately breeds a great deal of misinformation. In a Carterhaugh class, we will be your guides – we know exactly how to navigate this material and can teach you to do the same! We guarantee that the passion we feel for this subject will be contagious – through video lectures, PowerPoint presentations, beautifully designed PDF lesson summaries, interactive assignments, and much more, a Carterhaugh student will fully engage with the fascinating topics that each class offers. These are the courses for people who dreamed of elven battles while studying economics, those who have always sworn they could see ghosts, those who longed for a school of magic to send them an unexpected acceptance letter.”

The Fairy Tale course brought together students from age 12 to 70 and covered tales from England, China, France, Turkey, India, the US, and more. We were blown away by our students’ amazing reflections on the lectures and readings, and we look forward to seeing their final projects, which will span traditional essays, creative writing, fine arts, and other avenues.

Over the summer, we’ll be teaching another course on folk legend, which will feature classes on fairies, selkies, mermaids, and more- and we’re delighted to have our third TTW admin, Derek, join us for a special lesson on the fairy blast and disability studies. If you’ve ever been curious about the kinds of things that we discuss in our classrooms or wanted to learn more about the tales that don’t often get told, please join us! You can sign up for our newsletter to hear about new course offerings here.


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