Tarot as a Tool for Storycraft

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Times: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
$65/$55 WLT/SCBWI Member.

Cecily Sailer

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Creating three-dimensional characters and setting them on a compelling psychological journey requires a great deal of magic! Our challenge is to create an immersive, dream-like experience for the reader, and invite them into a fictional world where emotions, motivations, and situations resonate with our experience of real life.

The ancient art of Tarot and its archetypal imagery can be a powerful tool in helping us develop this complexity in our characters and on the page. In this workshop led by Cecily Sailer, writer and founder of Typewriter Tarot, we’ll explore the archetypes depicted in the Tarot’s Major Arcana cards, how we can apply our intuitive and storytelling skills to reading the cards, and how the cards can help us add twists, complications, conflict, and beauty to our fictional projects.

Who should take this class:

  • Anyone interested in writing and Tarot.
  • Writers who struggle to create “three-dimensional” characters.
  • Writers who tend to write plot-driven versus character-driven pieces.
  • Writers wanting to deepen their understanding of psychology and human relationships
  • Writers who need a new, unexpected source of inspiration
  • Writers of all genres and skill levels, with new projects or finished drafts


Cecily Sailer is the founder of Typewriter Tarot, a collective of skilled Tarot readers who aim to help others unearth their stories. By day, she is the programs director for the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation. She occasionally writes book reviews for the Dallas Morning News and coaches aspiring writers with developing book projects. She’s a native Texan, Capricorn, and devoted Astros fan.