Hi, We're Sara and Brittany!

We’re folklorists, teachers, and writers, and together we're the founders of The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic! We teach online courses that celebrate traditional tales and everyday magic. Our goal is to re-enchant daily life, one story at a time.

Myths, legends, and especially fairy tales are our passion. We both earned our PhDs from The Ohio State University in 2018 and we love sharing our knowledge and exploring their still-present magic with our students. In October 2019, our school won the Dorothy Howard Award from the American Folklore Society’s Education Section, recognizing our excellence and our commitment to sharing folklore with a global audience!

After teaching courses on folklore, fairy tales, British literature, speculative fiction, and more at OSU, we decided to expand our classroom. We set out to find the people whose hearts beat in time to old tales – people who believe in the power of story. Now, students from five continents gather in our virtual classroom to share stories and fellowship, to be seen and to learn.

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What Our Amazing Students Say

  • The magic of folklore and fairy tales is as vital to our everyday lives as the food we take for sustenance. Brittany Warman and Sara Cleto feed our souls abundantly with their significant scholarship and personal passion for the tales we all think we know. With a forthright love of their subject, these two teachers illuminate the dark corners of stories with the luminescence of knowledge and inspiration. For anyone who seeks enchantment through learning, the Carterhaugh School provides a perfect compass."

    Deborah Sage Kentucky, USA
  • “I’ve but one disappointment in this course: that this amazing journey through the world of fairy isn’t never-ending! I confess I’ve grown addicted to the arrival of your well-crafted magics twice each week, not to mention the stimulating discourse it triggers in the private group. When I signed up I expected interesting content, but the conversations and friendships formed through the private group page were an unexpected delight – one I’m deeply grateful for."

    Laura Saba New York, USA

From The Blog

  • Our Favorite Fairylore Resources

    May 21, 2024

    As we screamed about last week: WE’RE WRITING A BOOK ABOUT FAIRIES!!! IT’S COMING OUT NEXT YEAR! HOW IS THIS HAPPENING?!  We promise, as soon as we have a pre-order…

  • The May 2024 Carterhaugh Events Roundup

    May 16, 2024

    Here’s a list of all the events and publications that we can link you to in the coming weeks–including into June! Events May 16 at 7:00 PM Fairy Tale Salon…

  • We’re Writing a BOOK?!

    May 14, 2024

    The secret is officially out: we’re writing a BOOK on FAIRYLORE. Behold, the official announcement from Publishers Marketplace. *deep breath* AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! (THAT’S been bottled up for a hot minute!) You…

  • Want Our Folklore Candidacy Exam Reading Lists?

    April 29, 2024

    Or, what folklore graduate students actually study. When you go for your PhD in the USA, you usually have to go through something called a “candidacy exam” or “comprehensive exam.”…