This four-week workshop will teach you to dig down on the mechanics of horror writing— word choice, to evoking empathy, to developing characters, to engaging the five sense...
Your Instructor: Brian Keene, Mary SanGiovanni, Damien Angelica Walters, and Gwendolyn Kiste
Where: Online — Available everywhere!
When: August 20, 2019 - September 17, 2019
Enrollment: 15 students
There’s more to horror fiction than shock and revulsion.
Over the space of four weeks, a quartet of today’s leading horror experts will take you through the elements that go into constructing a better horror story, from word choice, to evoking empathy, to developing characters, to engaging the five senses.
And by the end, you’ll have a better appreciation of the tremendous possibilities horror fiction continues to offer the ambitious writer.
Over the course of your four weeks in this class, you will get:
- Original lectures written by each instructor specifically for this course
- The opportunity to study with four of today’s leading horror writers
- Instructor and peer critique within a supportive environment
- Writing assignments designed to help you to develop your ability to create dynamic horror stories
- Insightful commentary from all four instructors to help you to develop your writing more fully
What This Class Covers
WEEK 1: Mary SanGiovanni
Weird Words: The importance of word choice in developing atmosphere, character, and theme
WEEK 2: Brian Keene
Sympathy for the Devil: Evoking empathy in horror fiction
WEEK 3: Gwendolyn Kiste
The Heart of the Story: Developing characters to haunt and horrify
WEEK 4: Damien Angelica Walters
The Five Senses: Immersing your reader into the world you've created
Goals Of This Class
- Get the opportunity to study with four of today’s leading horror writers.
- Get feedback on your work in a collaborative environment.
- Get insightful commentary from all four instructors to help you to develop your writing more fully.
- Learn the importance of word choice in developing atmosphere, character, and theme
- Learn how to evoke empathy in horror fiction
- Learn how to develop characters that haunt and horrify
- Learn how to immerse your reader and engage all five senses
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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