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Spellcraft Workshop | Claire Askew & Alice Tarbuck

9 August, 2021.7:00 pm-8:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Monday, happening 4 times

Spellcraft Workshop
Spellcraft Workshop

Spirituality Workshop


4 Weeks Starting 9th August | 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm | £10 per class | Online


The Ultimate Spellcraft Course

If you ever wonder what your life would be like if it were filled with magick you are in the right place. Our new course offers a comprehensive understanding of Spellcraft. Over 4 weeks you’ll learn what spells are, how to cast them and how to power them with your own unique creative energy.

You’ll work with two knowledgeable magick-makers who regularly practice spellcraft. Between them, Dr Alice Tarbuck and Dr Claire Askew have written several award-winning pieces of prose and poetry related to spellcraft. They regularly teach and speak for reputable organisations across the country – educating the public about the history, practice and ethics of modern witchcraft. What we are saying is, this workshop is run by two people who really know their stuff. You can trust that you will be given quality, up-to-date instruction on the entire spellcraft experience from beginning to end.


What is meant by ‘spellcraft’ and what will be covered in this course?


A ‘spell’ could be thought of as a wish, a prayer, a manifestation, an affirmation etc. in the context of witchcraft. It’s about channelling your creative energy and intention into a ritual that will in some way affect your reality. This workshop will help you craft spells in a way that resonates best with you.

Read on to discover a full breakdown of what is covered over the 4 weeks. Each week covers a different module:

– Immerse yourself in the history of spells up to the present day.
– Learn to write spells by comparing similarities with poetry.
– Discover how to claim a spell as your own through intuitive practice.
– Create a sacred ritual space and perform a group ritual (ritual attire strongly encouraged!)

We suggest enrolling on the whole course to get the fullest experience but you are welcome to book each class individually. All levels of experience are welcome.

What to Expect on this Workshop

This is an online series. Our online workshops are highly interactive where you have the chance to discuss and share with the tutors and the group.

Please note: The final two sessions of this workshop will not be recorded and so attendance will be essential.

You will need to prepare for some classes. Details of what to prepare are outlined in the Workshop Breakdown. The essentials however are, a camera-enabled laptop, internet connection and a ZOOM account.

You don’t need prior experience with spellcraft. However, this workshop will be best-enjoyed by those with at least a curiosity about the practice of witchcraft.

Workshop Breakdown

Spellcraft Workshop

9th August 2021 | Lecture | The History of Spells with Dr Alice Tarbuck

Where did spells come from? How have they evolved throughout the ages? Dr Alice Tarbuck will take you through a history of spellwork, up to and including the intersection of spells and ecology in our contemporary world of climate change and globalisation. A lecture full of information to help underpin your existing spellwork practice, or give you a useful grounding if you’re a complete beginner.


Spellcraft Workshop

16th August 2021 | Workshop | Spells, Poetry, and Creative Spell-Writing with Dr Claire Askew

How is a spell different from a poem? How do spells and poems overlap? Join Dr Claire Askew to examine the semantic nuts and bolts of spells, and have a go at writing your own spell-poems and poem-spells.

Please bring something to write on, and something to write with!


Spellcraft Workshop

 23rd August 2021 | Lecture | Intuitive and Practical Spellwork: Getting the Best Results, with Dr Claire Askew

Many, many pre-written spells exist for us to access: we can buy books of them, Google them, and find them on social media. But what if someone else’s spell isn’t quite the right fit? This lecture will underline the importance of crafting intuitive spells that are unique to you and your practice and will offer some tips on how best to weave your own spells in the world.


Spellcraft Workshop

30th August 2021 | Workshop | Making a Ritual Space for Spellwork, with Dr Alice Tarbuck

Join Dr Alice Tarbuck to learn about ritual spaces, and how to make them: from building an altar to casting a protective circle; from doing witchcraft in the woods to finding magic in the most urban environments. This workshop will include a hands-on collaborative ritual that you can re-use in your own practice after the course is finished.

Please feel free to dress in your finest ritual attire, light a candle, wear a talisman, or just generally come prepared to work magic and celebrate!


About Dr Alice Tarbuck

Dr Alice Tarbuck is the author of Grid (Sad Press, 2018), and A Spell in the Wild: A Year (and six centuries) of Magic (Two Roads, 2020), and an academic working at the University of Dundee and the Centre for Poetic Innovation. Her work on witchcraft has been featured in 404 Ink’s Nasty Women, The Dangerous Women Project, Edinburgh University’s Uncanny Bodies project and the Fiction and Feeling project. She has been invited to speak on witchcraft as a feminist practice by Scottish PEN and is currently planning a longer work on witchcraft and contemporary practice. Additionally, she has taught workshops for the National Library of Scotland, the Scottish Poetry Library and further afield. When she was born, a white wizard came to her house to bless her, and this, she suspects, is where the trouble started.


About Dr Claire Askew

Dr Claire Askew is an award-winning author based in Edinburgh. Her poetry and other writings regularly foreground the true stories of real, historical women accused of witchcraft.  She also writes regularly about the life of her likely ancestor Anne Askew, who was burned at the stake as a heretic in 1546.  Her poems about the lives of witches have appeared in the anthologies That Which We Do Not Understand: 20 Years of Amelia’s Magazine; Lanterne Rouge: The Last and The Dangerous Women Project, among others, and will be collected in the book How to burn a woman, forthcoming from Bloodaxe Books in 2021.  Claire is also the author of the poetry collection This Changes Things (Bloodaxe, 2016), and the novels All The Hidden Truths (2018), What You Pay For (2019) and Cover Your Tracks (2020), all from Hodder & Stoughton.


Book Your Place Below

Purchase your ticket below. You will complete your purchase via Eventbrite.

This workshop will take place online via ZOOM.

If you have any issues or questions, please contact us during office hours. All bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.

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The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
25 Palmerston Place
Edinburgh, EH12 5AP United Kingdom


The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
0131 625 0700

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