November 18, 2021
Folkloric expression is rich and varied in cultures around the world, both traditional and modern. Authors of fantastic fiction often draw on folkloric traditions to enrich their worldbuilding, but this needs to be approached carefully. In this class, we will explore some concepts from folkloristics, or the study of folklore, to examine the traditional structuring of narratives. We will examine what makes something folklore, and how our own storytelling may benefit from folkloric approaches. We will then take a look at concepts from Axel Olrik’s Epic Laws, Propp’s Morphology of the Fairytale, the ATU Tale Type Index, the Motif-Index, and the composition of epic poetry to examine how some of the structures and techniques of traditional narratives can be used for plotting and structuring scenes. We will also take a look at how folk life may appear in our stories, and how we can move beyond verbal genres in our worldbuilding to construct fantastic worlds rich in folk traditions, which may include material culture, dances, rituals, and foodways. Last but not least, this course encourages careful engagement with folkloric traditions, and examines how the legacies of imperialism, colonialism, Eurocentrism, racism, and sexism in academia and beyond continue to affect how folkloric material is used and received in literature.
Clarion West is introducing a Helping Hand Discount for our online classes and workshops.
The Supporting Tuition rate is shown for each class or workshop, for folks who are able to pay it. Paying the Supporting Tuition rate enables us to continue to pay our staff and instructors equitably, as well as support access to classes for others who may be in a different financial situation.
Limited Free Registration: We reserve a percentage of free seats in every class for writers who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or Persons of Color (BIPOC) on a first-come-first-served basis, regardless of financial need. Please email us with the name of the class you would like to enroll in, even if the class appears full: email@example.com. We ask that you limit your request to 3-5 classes maximum, listed in order of your first choice. Read more about our equity and inclusion policies here.
Helping Hand Discount (Enter Code at Checkout): If you are under more limited economic circumstances and/or identify as from a marginalized background, we offer a 26% discount. Enter this code at checkout: CWDISCOUNTS4WRITERS. You are invited to use this discount code for all online classes and workshops if this will help you take the class. Read about why we offer this discount here.
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We reserve a percentage of seats in every class for writers who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Color (BIPOC) on a first-come-first-served basis, regardless of financial need. Learn more about our Equity & Inclusion policies. Please email us with the name of the class you would like to enroll in: firstname.lastname@example.org
For folks who are under more limited economic circumstances, no matter your background, we offer a discount code for reduced pricing: CWDISCOUNTS4WRITERS. If this will help you take the class, you are invited to use this code for a 26% discount on all online classes and workshops.
How to use the code: register for any class you are interested in. When you get to the check-out portion of the class, you will find a place to enter the discount code in the upper left area of the check-out section. Enter the code and it will be immediately applied to any classes you have registered for. Then follow the instructions to complete your order. Please enter your discount code before completing your payment.
Read about why we offer this discount here.