Classes

From single session to six-week intensives, we offer a variety of classes for all types of folks.

Zoom links and any other workshop details are sent on the morning of the workshop.

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Re-Imagining the Witch (Online)

Whether the witch is depicted as villainous or valorous, she is always a figure of freedom — both its loss and its gain..The witch owes nothing. That is what makes her dangerous.” – Pam Grossman, Waking the Witch


In this class, we will discuss the archetype of the witch and look at several poems and stories that explore this infamous figure. Together, we will do several generative writing exercises, unpacking the politics of gender, sexuality, and identity in connection with the witch. The class will culminate in working toward creating our own reclamations of the feminist icon. This workshop is open to poets, fiction, and non-fiction writers. All writing levels are welcome. Led by Christina Rosso-Schneider.

 

Thursday, October 13th 6-9pm ET via Zoom

 

Pricing

$75/person

 

About the Instructor

Christina Rosso-Schneider (she/they) lives and writes outside of Philadelphia with her two rescue pups and bearded husband. Together they run an independent bookstore and event space called A Novel Idea on Passyunk. In 2016, Christina received her MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English from Arcadia University. She is the author of CREOLE CONJURE (Maudlin House, 2021) and SHE IS A BEAST (APEP Publications, 2020). Her writing has been nominated for Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, and the Pushcart Prize. Currently, she teaches in the humanities department at Moore College of Art. For more information, visit http://christina-rosso.com or find her on Twitter @Rosso_Christina.

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Witch 101 (Online)

Witch 101 is back! A Novel Idea is excited to offer a condensed version of our bestselling course. Led by seasoned witches and educators Ash Yezuita and Christina Rosso-Schneider, this survey of witchcraft will include topics such as spellwork, rituals, divination (such as Tarot and runes), candles, and astrology.

 

Participants can expect an introduction into the world of magic and its connection to self-love and empowerment. Join us for three hours of lecture and learning about what making magic means.

 

Monday, October 17th 6-9pm ET via Zoom

 

$85-95 sliding scale/pay-what-you-can

 

About the Instructors
Ash Yezuita is a heathen and witch for two decades who teaches a variety of courses on the occult, including A Novel Idea’s Sabbat School. They also host ANI’s Queer Book Club, which meets every other month via Zoom.

 

Christina Rosso-Schneider is the author of Creole Conjure and She is a Beast. She co-owns A Novel Idea on Passyunk and teaches a variety of writing and occult-based classes through the bookstore. She has been exploring the witch path for six years.

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Sabbat School: Samhain (Hybrid)

Witches and pagans across the world celebrate annual holidays called sabbats. A Novel Idea invites you on a year-long journey detailing the histories, mythologies, and rituals of eight common “witch celebrations.” Each class is taught a few weeks prior to the day. This way, attendees can use this knowledge gained to celebrate the holiday with their prepared ritual pieces! The series has optional add-on ritual kits that align to the classwork and help with ritual preparation.

 

Samhain is the holiday of the witch. The veil is thin and magical practitioners usher in the cooler temperatures and longer nights during this time of year. This sabbat takes place October 31 each year. Join us on October 21 (in-person) or October 24 (virtually) to learn the details of Samhain’s history and ritual. We will focus on academic understandings of the holiday and pair it with divination, herbs, spell work, and other modes of popular celebration.

 

This course will also focus on ancestor work and/or worship, an aspect of magical practice that encourages practitioners to reflect on biological and cultural family lines to seek wisdom and advice from the spirit. We will make space for complex family relations, ancestor healing, and our experience with generational trauma and change. Folks both invested in and weary of ancestor work can find a space at this workshop.

 

As part of the Samhain course, we will also share in the creation of ancestor altar cloths. Each participant will leave with a piece fit for their altar at home!

 

Two dates! Friday, October 21st 6-9pm in-person at A Novel Idea *Masks Required!

& Monday, October 24th 6-9pm ET via Zoom

 

Pricing

$75/session

 

About the Instructor

Ash Yezuita, heathen and witch for two decades, will introduce new folks to Samhain and deepen the practice of long-time celebrants as we come together for a three-hour session. The three hours include lecture, discussion, and an opportunity to create and prepare your personal Samhain celebrations.

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Artist Articulation (In-Person)

Bone articulation, or the act of piecing a specimen together, is an academic task as well as an artistic endeavor. This specific class is an introduction to artistic bone articulation. Each student will be provided with a variety of reptile, bird, and small mammal bones and a shadow box or small pedestal for display. They will be shown how to glue and wire everything together and can make their own unique hybrid creations or create something more natural. Everyone will go home with their own custom piece. No animals are harmed for these classes or in the acquisition of these materials. We work closely with breeders who save their deceased, zoos, abatement workers, and even source roadkill when legal and available.

Participants will go home with their very own specimen!

 

Only 12 tickets available!

 

Saturday, October 22nd 6-9pm at A Novel Idea on Passyunk

*All participants must wear masks during the workshop

 

About the Instructor

Mark Breen is a biomedical engineer and artist living in Philadelphia.  His passions for science and nature have led him to work with zoos, museums, nature reserves, and research facilities. Mark creates scientific art from deceased animals so that the natural wonders he adores can live on and continue to educate even after death through the fascinating process of bone articulation. Find him @beakersandbones on Instagram to see examples of his work.

 

Pricing:

$225