In this workshop, Siobhan Carroll discusses the concepts underpinning horror subgenres such as the Weird, the Gothic, and the Uncanny. These concepts can provide us with useful starting places for new stories, as well as helping us make even the most well-worn horror trope seem new again.

Workload: Students will read a story in advance of the workshop. In class, students will engage in several writing exercises based on the different subgenres and generate at least 3 different story ideas / scenes.

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/or need. Please include the name of the class you would like to apply the scholarship to.

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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.