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: Brian Evenson, Bracken MacLeod, Letitia Trent, Joshua Gaylord
Where: Online — Available everywhere!
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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.
The class will consider things like how to unsettle your reader, how to flesh out your villains, how to use setting to create atmosphere, and how to write dialogue that creates narrative—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
- 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 1: Brian Evenson
The Strange: Using defamiliarization and other tools to subtly unsettle your reader.
WEEK 2: Letitia Trent
Going Beyond 'It was a dark and stormy night': Using setting to create atmosphere.
WEEK 3: Bracken MacLeod
Writing Darkness With Affection: How to flesh out and give depth to an antagonist/villain.
WEEK 4: Joshua Gaylord
Words Walking Without Masters: Writing dialogue that creates narrative.
Goals Of This Class
- Get the opportunity to study with four of today’s leading horror writers.
- Get writing assignments designed to help you to develop your ability to create evocative characters and to place them in dramatic, compelling narratives.
- 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 how to unsettle your reader using defamiliarization and other tools.
- Learn how to flesh out your villains.
- Learn how to use setting to create atmosphere.
- Learn how to write dialogue that creates narrative.
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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