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Myth and Magic

Folklore & fantasy themes aimed at creative writers: to start writing stories and challenge your brain with exciting ideas, dip into this kitbag.

Learn how fantasy worlds draw on real world history, mythology, and folklore. And there's weekly news from the world of fantasy fiction too... plus fabulous creatures, studies on folk tales, nature fables and lots more mythical, magical fun.

Aug 25, 2021

This week: understanding creative brain activity. Also, what we learn from J. R. R. Tolkien about writing epic fantasy, And the mysterious magic of the corn doll (also known as the corn mother)

Aug 18, 2021

Time to find the inner writer: where is your why? How do you fit into the creative puzzle we call authorship? Here's a little quiz to help you find a reason to write! Eight simple questions to find the human who sits behind...

Aug 11, 2021

What are Scissorhand Experiences? What makes a dynamic silver-screen character? Why do fantasy movies lead to the biggest breakthroughs in movie history? And, how can an author write a fantasy for the cinema? All these views, and more, discussed with film director Ali...

Aug 4, 2021

Talking about a new generation of horror with the talented storyteller, the 'Warning Woods' podcaster Miles Tritle. What makes a story scary? What are the essential ingredients of horror?