Once upon a time, a girl in red walked into the woods and tricked the wolf who would have consumed her.

Once upon a time, a mother escaped from a vampire skeleton after her foolish husband brought her to its lodge. She did this while holding her son in her arms.

Once upon a time, a Rani fought an army to its knees. Then she unchained the Raja who fought against her, buying lasting peace for her people with her mercy.


There's a handful of fairy tales that we all know. Cinderella. Sleeping Beauty. Snow White. They're anthologized, retold, and reimagined over and over in film and books, fashion and advertising. And, to be clear, we love these stories.

But sometimes, it feels like they're the only fairy tales out there.

Even worse: it can feel like the only way to be a woman in a story is to be pretty, passive, polite. But the truth is - there are dozens, even hundreds, of fairy tales and folktales from all over the world that show us how many different ways there are to be a woman. And how many different paths a heroine can take on her journey.

In this course, we're returning to fairy tales with a vengeance. We'll explore tales from India, Venezuela, England, the Philippines, Nigeria, Japan, and Iraq, as well as indigenous stories from the US. Plus many, many more. All grounded in current fairy-tale scholarship and our unending passion for folklore.

Heroines can be clever, formidable, adventurous, and even unabashedly feminine - and win respect, recognition, and their own happily ever after.

We begin February 5th, 2022!

Why THIS course?

If you're wondering why we're teaching this course (and why you should take it), here's what's up:

  • We're fairy-tale scholars. We do a lot of other stuff, but this is our zone, our happy place, and the whole reason we decided to go to grad school to begin with. It's what we've written about, published on, and taught the most.

  •  Fairy tales matter. They matter profoundly - they shape the way we see the world and ourselves. And which fairy tales we read and see and retell matters. If we only ever see passive princesses, that tells our brains (and our culture) something about what kind of woman is worthy of being loved. If we think the only way a woman can be strong is to give her a sword, that tells us a lot about what traits and abilities are admirable and valuable. 

  • The truth is, when we see ourselves in stories, we see ourselves and the world more clearly, more hopefully. And diving into the archive of heroines from around the globe gives us so many more possibilities to imagine.

  • Fairy tales rock. They're magical and inspirational. We love them. You love them. Let's read some!

Choose your option...
(and then click on it to learn more and enroll!)

The Regular Course

4 Live Lectures
on Wednesdays at 7PM ET
- Feb. 9th,
16th, 23rd, and March 2nd

4 Sets of Discussion Questions

4 Grimoire Pages

Access to Our Private
Group on Facebook


Click here for more information
and to enroll!

The Regular Course

Everything You Get
With the Regular Course


4 Interactive Live Seminar Sessions
on Additional Readings
on Thursdays at 7PM ET
- Feb. 10th,
17th, 24th, and March 3rd

Additional Materials

Extra support and scholarship
from Sara and Brittany!


What Are The Seminars?

The seminars in our last course were such a success (and so much fun) that we knew we'd be bringing them back occasionally. And since "Fairy-Tale Heroines" is our first deep-dive fairy-tale course in ages (and since fairy tales are THE BEST), we simply had to offer seminars this time!

This is completely optional. You can take the course without it (just click that option above!), and all the materials will still stand alone and make sense.

But we want to create a space that would function like a university seminar for this course, for a couple of reasons.

First, we want to talk specifically about contemporary fairy-tale retellings in this course, but there just isn't room in the lectures alone. The seminars give us additional course time to talk about these extra texts and bring in a contemporary perspective.

Second, we want to give YOU a chance to talk, beyond the chat during the live lectures or the Facebook group. This is your chance to ask us questions directly, share your thoughts and observations out loud with your classmates, and to experience the collaboration and community that we loved in our university seminars. We had the BEST time with our seminar students in Haunted Art last fall - seriously, they blew our minds weekly. And, if we're doing fairy tales, we had to make space for you to experience this kind of community magic again.

If you’ve ever wanted to go more in-depth at Carterhaugh - if you wanted even more scholarship and discussion and a chance to participate on a deeper level - this is for you. Select the seminar option above!

Open your mind to tales and your heart to magic.

The doors are open...

but only until February 4th at Midnight ET!

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