Putting Voice to Work in Horror and Dark Fantasy
Saturday, May 16, 10am-4pm

Putting Voice to Work in Horror and Dark Fantasy with Siobhan Carroll

We all know how important voice is to creating good fiction, but it can be a challenging element to practice in our own writing. In this workshop we’ll be focusing on voice in dark fiction. Whether you write horror or dark fantasy, voice can be an effective tool for hooking readers into plotlines, creating character, building atmosphere, and delivering strong endings. After consulting some classic works of literature for samples of effective voice, we’ll be using writing exercises to practice these skills. By the end of the workshop, you will have several scene starters in different voices to use as springboards for new stories or to incorporate into your WIP.

For everyone ages 18 and over.

Saturday, May 16, 10am-4pm

About the Instructor:

Siobhan Carroll is a writer of dark fantasy and horror fiction whose work has appeared in magazines such as Lightspeed, Asimov’s, and Tor.com. Her novelette, “For He Can Creep,” is currently a finalist for the Nebula and Hugo awards. A CW grad (’09), she is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Delaware, where she teaches the history of speculative fiction, 19th Century literature, and creative writing.

About registration: 

The workshop fee is $95. If you are seeking a reduced rate or scholarship for this class, please email us at oneday@clarionowest.org.

Class Format & Accessibility: 

One online class session through Zoom.us.

Class begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. and is run online, with regular breaks. If you have questions about the format or content, please contact oneday@clarionwest.org.

Zoom meetings software is compatible with standard screen readers and has several other accessibility features that make it possible for writers who are Blind or vision impaired to participate in the webinar. 

Questions can be submitted via the meeting software chat function or via voice. 

Zoom is free for attendees. Please plan to register with Zoom in advance and download on your device. You will be sent a link to your Zoom class in your class email confirmation in the bottom last section of your confirmation. If you do not see a confirmation, please email us at oneday@clarionwest.org at least two hours before the start of class.

For best results, plan to connect to the class approximately 5 minutes before the start. You will be muted upon entry, but our workshop staff will be setting you to ‘allow to talk’ as they see you join. Plan to have your device on mute unless you are invited to talk to the class. Some instructors will ask you to turn on your camera either throughout the class or during discussion. Classes may be recorded to provide for student review.

We do not have live closed captioning for our webinars at this time. 


If you register but cannot attend the workshop, please give us as much notice as possible so that we can contact a waitlisted student and offer them your spot. In order to process a refund, we must receive 24-hour notice and be able to fill the spot with a waitlisted student. Exceptions may be made given emergency circumstances at administrator’s discretion. If Clarion West cancels the class for any reason, refunds will be made as soon as possible after the class has been cancelled.Toggle panel: SEO Redirection