In this two-day workshop, we’ll draw on our own experiences and on places we’ve inhabited (or avoided setting foot in) to create a haunted house story that feels true to life and, we hope, is truly frightening. Day 1 will consist of discussion and exercises. The following day will be a break (no instruction) to allow participants to write, and then on Day 2, writers can read their work aloud — either a piece of flash fiction or the beginning (or end or middle) of a story.

This workshop is available to anyone aged 18 or older for a $75 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.