Folklore & Fiction

You're a storyteller who loves folklore and wants to use it more effectively in your craft. I can help!

Who I Am

Greetings! I'm Dr. Ceallaigh S. MacCath-Moran. I hold B.A. in Celtic Studies from the University of Toronto, an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Maine, and a PhD in Folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. I'm also an author, poet, and musician under the name C.S. MacCath, and I bring over twenty years of publishing and teaching experience to the Folklore & Fiction Project.

What the Folklore & Fiction Project Is

The Folklore & Fiction dispatches, podcasts, and lectures synthesize these passions with a focus on folklore scholarship aimed at storytellers. Here you can learn what folklore is and learn to use it in your craft from the first project ever developed by a professional folklorist for storytellers like you. 

What It Costs You

The first five seasons of the Folklore & Fiction dispatches and podcasts were free. Why? Because I used them to test ideas for a book titled The Storyteller's Guide to Folklore (forthcoming). These materials are still available free of charge when you sign up for an account here, on the Folklore & Fiction website. The lectures are reasonably priced, usually between $25-$50, but patrons receive one or more of them free per year, depending upon their membership tiers. Patrons also receive exclusive updates about The Songwriter's Guide to Folklore (in development) and exclusive access to new podcast seasons when I produce them. (Note that my Patreon account is presently on hiatus.)

What Other People Have Said

Folklore & Fiction reminds me a little of spending time in a quiet, dusty campus library, the kind with multiple levels made of brick and marble and ancient woods. Where you might have to venture down into the basement, steps grooved by generations of students' feet, to crawl around in slightly spooky stacks, only to emerge with an armful of forgotten treasures. Your job as a writer is to find the pay dirt, you must discover how to reanimate these gleanings. This description may sound unflattering to some, but I think, to writers at least, it sounds like paradise. I did just such a thing quite recently, using learnings and resources (Like what an ATU is!) obtained from Folklore & Fiction to write something new, and indeed, even to sell that piece. I have F&F to thank for that, and Ceallaigh MacCath-Moran. Thank you for this fantastic resource.

 - Nathan Waddell

Some people talk the talk, and walk the walk, but what you do? It goes so far beyond that, I don't even know if there's a name for it. Pretty much the only base you haven't covered would be for you to actually perform a Wicker Man ritual on air. Maybe in the far future, for your final episode?

- Nathan-Andrew Leaflight

Have been listening to your podcasts...They're a great resource for any fantasy fiction writer. Well-produced, informative, knowledgeable, clear, and precise...I recommend them highly. And for anyone just interested in folklore you will gain much enjoyment from them.

- Lykos Nyx

I am greatly enjoying the podcast episodes. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. As a narrative poet, I'm finding much here to apply in my work.

- Steven Withrow

Have a listen to the very first podcast episode below, and then sign up for a free account to access the archives. When you do, be sure to confirm your subscription to the Folkbyte newsletter to stay in the loop about forthcoming books and lectures.


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