I’m teaching this half-day class at The Loft on October 28th for anyone interested in dark/weird/horror fiction. I personally engage in darkness to find the light, but the course takes a broad view of what horror is, what it’s for, and how it can be done.
More Information at The Loft website.
Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom
Day of the Week: Saturday
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Class Level: Open to All Levels
• Regular: $70.00
• Member: $63.00
• Low-Income: $49.00
Dark fiction, weird fiction, horror: whatever you call it, how do you write it? What are the elements of an excellent horror story? This class will cover horror basics and provide the groundwork for you to delve into horrifying stories only you could write, that editors will want to publish. Whether you’re a beginner or published writer, this class will help focus your intentions and skills to craft highly original dark fiction.
Through hands on exercises, we’ll cover established sub-genres or modes of dark fiction, how to subvert expectations, and how to establish mood (one of the most important aspects of dark fiction). We’ll also explore what to avoid and why, and how to use standard elements in a fresh and exciting way.
An informational packet will be provided with additional information you can consider at your leisure. Bring your charged laptop or pen and paper. If you have a draft of a horror story, bring a paper copy, and I will provide written feedback on the opening section. Bring a bag lunch; we’ll eat while we write and break as needed. Genre and literary horror writers of all levels welcome.