Turtles All the Way Down
Bryan Camp - One Day Workshop
The images and narratives brought to mind by the word “mythology” are, by and large, ancient: Icarus flying too close to the sun. Osiris’s murder at the hands of his brother Set. Inanna’s descent into the Underworld. Raven creating the Earth. We tend to think of myths as ample sources of inspiration for writers of urban fantasy, perhaps, but of little use to writers of space operas, secondary world fantasies, or near-future political thrillers. But that mindset forgets that mythmaking is a vital and ongoing human impulse. We have always used narratives to understand where we came from, who we are, and why we’re here.
This workshop will focus on defining the traditions and functions of myth in order to aid writers of all kinds of speculative fiction in the creation of their own narratives. We will begin with a discussion of a few of the different functions that myths serve in every society: foundation myths, culture heroes, metaphysical explanations, and establishment of hierarchies. We will then tackle how to use these concepts to generate compelling narratives, self-aware characters, and believable worlds, whether you’re writing about a galaxy far, far away or tomorrow right here on Earth.
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This workshop is available to anyone aged 18 or older for a $105 fee.
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