Blood and gore can be fun, but without context, they’re boring. The best horror stories are personal. Learn how to cut to the bone with character work, voice, and theme. We’ll talk about pairing the supernatural with the mundane and how to use emotional verisimilitude to amp up your monsters. It’s time to raise the stakes — and that means aiming for the heart.

NOTE: There will be 3-4 stories assigned for reading before the class. Reading assignments will be emailed to registered participants.

This workshop is available to anyone aged 18 or older for a $55 fee.

Unless otherwise stated, all times listed are US Pacific Time.

We offer a limited number of scholarships for each class to Black and Indigenous writers and writers from other marginalized backgrounds on a first come, first served basis. Please email us at with a one-paragraph statement about your scholarship interest and need. Please include the name of the class you would like to apply the scholarship to.

By participating in any Clarion West activity, you are agreeing to our Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines.

Clarion West will refund all class fees if the request is made 30 days prior to the class date. Refund requests made within 30 days of the class will be honored if we can fill the seat. Any exceptions are subject to approval by our workshop staff.