Learn the secrets of horror and suspense writing with grand master of the form, Jack Ketchum.
Your Instructor: Jack Ketchum (author of The Girl Next Door)
Where: Online — Available everywhere!
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Enrollment: 20 Students Maximum
In this four-week intensive online class, grand master of horror and suspense, Jack Ketchum, will take you by the hand and lead you through the dark side, revealing the working dynamics for how to craft compelling horror and suspense stories. Just as his own work both helps define and ultimately transcends contemporary horror fiction, Jack will share his deepest personal insights into finding your own path to character depth and thematic unity, all while crafting stories that thrill and delight a hungry audience. You'll find Jack's extensive experience and mastery of the dark tale rivaled only by his generosity and appreciation for students and emerging authors.
Read Jack's Essay, 'Splat Goes the Hero: Visceral Horror'
Jack Ketchum on violence, pain, and the importance of not looking away.
Read Our Q&A With Jack Ketchum
5 Questions with LitReactor's Master of Horror, Jack Ketchum; 'Talking Scars'
What This Class Covers
Week One: Making Contact
Explore the writer's relationship to fear and the importance of empathy and emotional honesty in carving out your best stories.
Week Two: Bolts
Learn the "Bookstore Browser Test" for crafting a powerful opening passage.
Week Three: Don't Waste My Time
Find your deeper themes and use them gracefully and powerfully within the context of genre fiction.
Week Four: Facing the Music
Or Beating the "300 Pound Gorilla" called Submission Anxiety to get your work out there, get paid, and even get representation when the time is right.
Goals Of This Class
You'll learn to face and embrace what actually scares you
- Turn your fears into compelling fiction that serves an audience
- Explore the dynamics of "Writing from the Wound"
- Dare to glance into "The Abyss that's Looking Back"
- Practice a kind of “Method Acting” for Horror Writers
- Choose a theme for a horror or suspense story & experience the versatility of the form
- Internalize the power of Horror and Suspense as Cautionary Tales
- Create Suspense - from sentence-level techniques
- Understand the "Bookstore Browser Test" for your opening paragraph
- Communicate your deeper meaning through genre fiction
- Receive important tips from a veteran for the good writer turning pro
LitReactor offers a unique approach to a writing education: You study what you want, when you want, at your own pace. We bring in veteran authors and industry professionals to host classes covering a wide range of topics in an online environment that’s interactive and flexible. You get detailed feedback on your work and take part in discussions in a judgement-free zone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, our workshops are about working together to achieve your writing goals.
Where do classes take place?
Entirely online. So, anywhere you have Internet access.
Are there certain times when the whole class needs to "meet" online?
Nope. Our students come from all over the globe. Everything is posted online and accessible 24/7. (We do occasionally schedule phone chats, but try to reach a consensus on timing.)
What does a typical class consist of?
It varies, but nearly all our classes include weekly lectures, homework assignments, peer reviews, critiques from instructors, and discussion forums.
How much experience do you need to take a class?
Beginner or pro, everyone is welcome. We encourage all skill levels.
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