Seeking the Witch: a 6-Week Masterclass!

Witch.

Monster. Mother. Helper.

Witch.

She gathers lavender and thyme, hangs them in bundles in her windows. She wears shredded black silk or neat houndstooth suits or jeans with quiet confidence and a wicked smile. She lives on the margins, in cottages at the forest’s edge, in tiny apartments papered with Morris vines. She beguiles, she enchants, and she makes your life pulse and sparkle when you need her most.

The witch is a polarizing figure, inspiring fear, fascination, and curiosity with the invocation of her name. At the heart of these responses is the simple recognition of her power: she represents freedom from everyday rules and knowledge of the forbidden. She (or he or they!) is loved and hated, a shadowy presence on the margins of society, and yet she also possesses the ability to hold communities together, to speak to those of us who long for something more.

She is, quite simply, magic, powerful and strange.

Join two Through the Twisted Woods founders, Dr. Sara Cleto and Dr. Brittany Warman, in an online masterclass for an exploration of the witch in all her multiplicities. Registration is open and will end on April 30th. The course begins on May 1st: Walpurgisnacht!

For more information and to enroll, visit http://carterhaughschool.com/6-week-masterclass-seeking-the-witch/

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Registration is OPEN: New Course on the Legend at the Carterhaugh School

We have posted before about the Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic, an online center for courses on folk narrative and fantastic literature run by two of our founders, Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman.

Registration has just opened for the next course, a 10-week series on the legend. You can read more about it and register here. We’re particularly delighted to say that our third founder, Derek Newman-Stille, will be joining us for a guest lecture on the fairy blast and disability!

Here is the tentative schedule:

July 1st – Introduction to Legends

Supernatural Legends Unit
July 8th – Fairy Legends
July 15th – Vampire Legends
July 22nd – Cryptozoology Legends
July 29th – Sea Legends

Urban Legends Unit
August 5th – Ghost Legends
August 12th – House Legends
August 19th – Internet Legends

Historical Legends Unit
August 26th – British Legends
September 2nd – American Legends & Wrap Up

Don’t hesitate to contact Sara or Brittany if you have any questions!