The Horror, The Horror VIII

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

Price: $425

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, 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
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