October 6, 2022
How many words does it take to create true terror? In this seminar, we’ll examine tiny tales of horror and learn how to create short and scary stories. We’ll study the similarities between comedy and horror in terms of timing, expectation, and subversion. There are many genres of horror that can exist in little spaces. We’ll learn about wildcard characters, invented worlds, and pacing strategies to set up suspense.
Throughout the workshop, we’ll stay close to character and keep an eye on how turning points and climaxes are related to the specificity of voice, desire, and fear. By the end of this seminar, participants will have the beginnings of several new horror flash pieces based on in-class writing prompts, a worksheet for outlining a short horror piece, and resources and recommendations for further reading.