The Horror, The Horror IV: Writing Horror Fiction with Substance

This four-week workshop will teach you how to write horror that goes beyond the scares and beyond the gross-out, to compel, challenge, and move the reader.

Your Instructor: Helen Marshall, Jordan Hamessley, Nicholas Kaufmann, Simon Strantzas

Where: Online — Available everywhere!

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Enrollment: 15 students

Price: $375

Class Description

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. 

The class will consider things like structure and pace, how to build suspense, strong character development, and the art of subtlety—all aimed at helping you to take your tales to the next level. 

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
  • Reading assignments designed to expose you to a broad range of innovative and exciting fiction
  • Writing assignments designed to help you to develop your ability to create evocative characters and to place them in dramatic, compelling narratives
  • Insightful commentary from all four instructors to help you to develop your writing more fully

What This Class Covers

Week One: Helen Marshall

Landing The Gut Punch: Structure, Pace, and Poe's "Unity of Effect"

Week Two: Jordan Hamessley

Creating Page-turning Fiction from an Editor's Perspective; When to Build Suspense and When to go for the Big Scare

Week Three: Nicholas Kaufmann

Shambling Toward the Finish Line: Letting Your Characters Help You Plot Your Story or Novel

Week Four: Simon Strantzas

Reading Between the Lines: The Subtle Art of Subtlety

Goals Of This Class

  • Learn abouttructure and pace
  • Learn how to build suspense
  • Learn strong character development
  • Learn the art of subtlety
  • Tap the brains of some incredible experts in the horror genre
  • Polish your work to a publishable standard
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