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Mythopoeic Society

a non-profit organization devoted to the study of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, the Inklings, and the genres of myth and fantasy


Discussion Groups

Butterbur’s Woodshed

Butterbur’s Woodshed is a discussion group by mail (also known as an “amateur press assocation” or “APA”) sponsored by the Mythopoeic Society. It focuses on contemporary fantasy literature and supports the Society’s Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards with specific topics chosen for each issue. Members contribute by writing on the specific topic each month and sending copies to the editor to be collated and mailed. (This is not a magazine, and does not offer subscriptions to people not interested in participating in the discussions.) Butterbur’s Woodshed is published bimonthly with deadlines the first of odd-numbered months.

Butterbur’s Woodshed Guidelines


Topics for 2005-2006

  • September 2005: Andre Norton
  • November 2005: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  • January 2006: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  • March 2006: Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
  • May 2006: Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominees
  • July 2006: Mazes and Gardens of Fantasy

To receive more information on participation in Butterbur’s Woodshed, contact the editor:

Diane Joy Baker
1512 W. North Bend #3
Cincinnati, OH 45224
E-mail: dianejoy@earthlink.net