The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic is an award-winning online school that offers courses on fairy tales, folklore, and more.

Hi! We’re Dr. Sara Cleto and Dr. Brittany Warman – folklorists, teachers, and writers. Together, we survived grad school (and both earned our PhDs from the Ohio State University in 2018!) and founded Carterhaugh. Myths, legends, and especially fairy tales are our passion. We love sharing their histories 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.

When we aren’t teaching at Carterhaugh, we are scholars and writers and best friends who have published peer-reviewed articles, sold stories and poems, written book introductions and encyclopedia entries, and written for places like Enchanted Living and #FolkloreThursday. We also give lectures, and have spoken at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, FaerieCon, and other venues around the East Coast. And in 2020, Carterhaugh is going INTERNATIONAL with talks in London!

Folklore is an enormous category that unfortunately breeds a great deal of misinformation. In a Carterhaugh class, we will be your guides – we know exactly how to navigate this material and can teach you to do the same! We guarantee that the passion we feel for this subject will be contagious – through engaging video lectures, beautiful grimoire pages, scholarly resources, and the fellowship of our wonderful community, a Carterhaugh student will fully engage with the fascinating topics that each class offers. These are the courses for people who dreamed of elven battles while studying economics, those who have always sworn they could see ghosts, those who longed for a school of magic to send them an unexpected acceptance letter.

The gates of Carterhaugh are open. Welcome.