Class: Writing the New Mythos

Instructor: PJ Manney

Next class date: Sunday, April 3, 2022, 12:00-2:00 PM Pacific Time.

What if the myths and stories that underpin much of our storytelling no longer apply to us or the new worlds we create? These myths were culturally specific and often refer to civilizations thousands of years old. Do these stories still apply to us, or can we inspire better solutions in our worldbuilding? Do they inspire readers to do the right things now? We’ll discuss the hero’s vs. the heroine’s journeys, how character building and structure influences assumptions and outcomes, stories that support vs. combat inequalities and exploitation, stories that reveal fear vs. embrace of change.

If reliance on old myths is a source of our present problems, we need a New Mythos. This class will explore how we build it one story at a time.


Classes are limited to 15 students. They are taught online and require reliable Internet connection, although in the past participants have logged on from coffee shops, cafes, and even an airplane; a webcam is suggested but not required. Classes are recorded for the benefit of class members only.

Cost is $99 ($79 for former students, which includes classes/workshops with me in other venues, such as conference or convention workshops and mentoring sessions).

To register for this class, send an email with the following details:

  • Which class or classes and the dates you would like to register
  • Whether you would prefer to pay via Paypal, Venmo, or some other means.
  • Whether or not you are a former student or Patreon supporter
  • How you heard about Cat’s classes

You will be invoiced when the class slot is reserved.

Free scholarships: If you cannot afford a class but really want to take one, apply for a Plunkett Scholarship. Each class has three slots reserved for such students, and the sole criteria is only that you can’t currently afford the class. To apply for a Plunkett, which covers the entire cost,mail me and tell me why you want to take the class in 100 words or less. QUILTBAG and PoC candidates are especially encouraged to apply. The Plunkett Scholarships are named for Edward Plunkett, who wrote as Lord Dunsany. Scholarships are given out on a rolling basis; I suggest getting them in sooner rather than later. You may apply for multiple classes.

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