The Art of Dread: Crafting Contemporary Horror – Online Workshop 💀📖

This event is presented by The Cabin in Boise, Idaho.

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In this workshop, we’ll explore themes and trends in contemporary horror and horror-adjacent genres and begin crafting our own horror stories.

On odd-numbered weeks we’ll take a self-focused approach, looking inside to develop your own horror ideas (and your own horror stories!) In even-numbered weeks, we’ll look outwards to begin building awareness of the horror writing community and to understand how contemporary horror literature is marketed, critiqued, and consumed. You should expect to read from the works of contemporary writers such as Stephen Graham Jones, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Laird Barron, Michael Wehunt, Gwendolyn Kiste, and more. Expect to write at least one short story and to build a lengthy TBR list of horror-focused craft books, novels, anthologies, and collections.

Week 1: What Is Horror?  

Week 2: The Craft of Horror

Week 3: Your Purpose, Your Approach

Week 4: Subgenres, Kinds, and Ways of Horror 

Week 5: Your Vision, Your Space  

Week 6: Critique, Revision, Editing, and Submission  

This workshop will be held online. You must have the Zoom app downloaded and a reliable internet connection to access your class meetings. You will receive the information to access your Zoom classroom one week before the start of your workshop — check your spam folders if you don’t see it!

Tuition: $215 or $180 for Cabin Members 

Scholarships are available

Dates: Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8:30 PM MDT on the following dates:

  •  January 25th, 2022
  • February 1st, 2022
  • February 8th, 2022
  • February 15th, 2022
  • February 22nd, 2022
  • March 1st, 2022

This workshop is taught by Christy Nogle: Christi Nogle’s debut novel, Beulah, is coming in early 2022 from Cemetery Gates Media. Her short stories have appeared in over forty publications including PseudoPod, Vastarien, and Dark Matter Magazine along with anthologies such as C.M Muller’s Nightscript and Flame Tree’s American Gothic. Christi is a member of the Horror Writers Association, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and Codex Writers’ Group. She teaches college composition and lives in Boise, Idaho with her partner Jim and their gorgeous dogs. Follow her on Twitter @christinogle


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