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Go I Know Not Where: Writing with Slavic Magic Tales

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry


Open to all levels

2 Sessions

Start Date: July 8, 2023
End Date: July 9, 2023
Day of Week: Saturday, Sunday
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
2 seats left!
Member Price: $216.00
General Price: $240.00

In Slavic magic tales, the world is a fantastic place where anything can happen, with venal tsars, card-playing dragons, man-eating cats, dancing geese, princesses, phoenixes, devils, and witches populating the space. These tales also connect to social upheaval, forest survival, and the melding of indigenous cultures and Christianity. This lively mix also makes for great inspiration for writing! In this part-generative, part-analytic class, we'll examine classic Slavic fairytales, discuss their meaning, and create our own fiery pieces.

Registration dates:

June 5: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

June 6: Member registration opens

June 13: General registration opens

Shankar Narayan

Shankar Narayan


Shankar Narayan explores identity, power, mythology, and technology in a world where the body is flung across borders yet possesses unrivaled power to transcend them. Shankar is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the winner of prizes and fellowships from Kundiman, Hugo House, Jack Straw, Flyway, and River Heron. He is a 4Culture grant recipient for Claiming Space, a project to lift the voices of writers of color, and his chapbook, Postcards From the New World, won the Paper Nautilus Debut Series chapbook prize. Shankar draws strength from his global upbringing and from his work at the intersection of civil rights and technology. In Seattle, he awakens to the wonders of Cascadia every day, but his heart yearns east to his other hometown, Delhi. Connect with him at

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Class sessions may be recorded if a session falls on a holiday, or if a student has access needs. Class recordings are not guaranteed.

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Classes may be cancelled if less than 5 students are enrolled within 10 days before the class start date. If for any reason Hugo House needs to cancel a class, students can choose between a full credit or full refund.

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