Tarot As A Writing Tool

The Tarot is designed to represent the totality of the symbolic world. With its supernatural elements removed, it becomes a game of archetypes and symbols, and as such is a very useful tool – a kind of machine – for generating ideas and conquering writer's block.

It is in essence a complete set of narrative forms and characters.

Each individual symbol, as well these symbols in combination, are endlessly interpretable. A system of analogies reveals the utility of these symbols.

The instructor will provide examples of characters and plots in various texts to illustrate the compositional applicability of the representations within the Tarot system. She will also give personal Tarot readings and analyses for students' artistic projects. These readings will be on narrative construction and inspiration.

There will also be writing exercises, wine, sparkling water, and cheese.*


Thursday, June 20th :: 7p.

One session :: $30


*This event is for those 21 and older. A Young Adult version of this class is available here

This course will be taught by Cathy Borders.

To register for the Tarot As A Writing Tool

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About this teaching artist:

Cathy Borders is the Program Director here at The Republic of Letters. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School in New York and a Bachelor’s in English literature and theory from the University of Iowa. She’s the author of A Suburb of Monogamy, an experimental novel about the invention, withdrawal, and body of a liaison. She also founded the micropress, Omnia Vanitas Review, and has been a professional editor for over a decade. She thinks of writing differently, as something much more interesting, much more important than a thing you produce for money. Cathy runs the quarterly reading group The Lady Canon and she teaches all of the children’s workshops. She specializes in editing fiction, memoir, and hybrids, with a flare for academic, romance, fantasy, literary and experimental fiction. She also loves good young adult and children’s fiction. She’s been published in Madhatter’s Review, Ampersand Review, Green Lantern Press, and Reconfigurations, among others. She’s now working on her second novel, a young adult fantasy whose raison d'être is emotional clarity and connection, as well as a comprehensive book on using the tarot to write fiction. Her chapbook, Robin Williams Is My Uncle, is out in the wild weeds of publishing right now, we'll see if she's lucky. 

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