TEEN Summer: A Week of Horror!
***We are planning for this class to be held in-person at our beautiful new Seaport location! This is subject to change depending on COVID case numbers. We will stay in communication with registered students as more information becomes available.***
It's been said that horror is the "oldest and strongest emotion." But good horror fiction can convey a wealth of emotions beyond simple raw terror. The cosmic horror of the 1920s provides a sense of wonder. Stephen King's horror is often laced with a kind of nostalgia for childhood. Modern horror like Caitlin Kiernan's The Red Tree can convey not just dread but longing and regret. And some horror fiction, such as Matt Ruff's Lovecraft Country and Ruthanna Emrys's Winter Tide, can even explore feelings of hope.
In this class, we will read both classic and contemporary horror with a broader range of emotions than simple fear. We will build strategies for characterization, setting, and plot that illuminate how these writers use horror elements to create stories that terrify, thrill, and inspire! For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.
By the end of the class, you should have least one draft of a horror short story, an in-depth understanding of the conventions of modern horror, along with tools for revising and sending out your horror fiction in the future!
To offer young writers a chance to interact with a larger group of their peers and to expose them to a variety of genres, this YAWP weeklong will culminate with a cross-course gathering on Friday afternoon from 2:15pm-3:30pm. Students of Peter Medeiros's A Week of Horror! will join students of Olivia Kate Cerrone's Week of Short Stories (Immersive) to share their work, learn from each other’s craft, or create something new altogether!
This class will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood. Please note that proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required to attend this class. Please submit your proof of vaccination here at least 48 hours before your class begins. Read on to learn more about GrubStreet's vaccine protocol and find information about where to get vaccinated below.
GrubStreet Vaccine Protocol:
Please submit your most recent proof of vaccination, which requires a booster shot for those eligible, here at least 48 hours before your class begins. If you have previously submitted a proof of vaccination that did not include your booster shot, you will need to resubmit your updated vaccine card. If you are not able to fill out our vaccination form 48 hours before your class begins, please bring your vaccine card (or a photo of it) with you to the building. Please note that if you arrive for class and you have not filled out the form and do not have proof of vaccination with you, you will not be allowed to participate in the class. And don’t forget your mask! Masks will be required at all times while inside the building. Click here to read GrubStreet's full Vaccination and Masking Policy.
Vaccination status: For in-person classes and events, your vaccination status is considered up-to-date until the time you are eligible for a booster – which is 5 months after the second dose in a two-shot series. Boosters are required for all visitors on our second floor if your second shot was more than 5 months ago.
- If the student is under 18, parents/guardians must complete this permission form online. You only need to fill this form out ONE TIME, NOT for every class. If you cannot remember whether you have already filled it out, please email [email protected] and we will check for you! If you do not complete this form, your registrations could be voided and the cancellation policy will apply.
- If the student is 18, simply let us know by emailing [email protected]
- If you are registering on behalf of a student, add their email in the “For a Friend or Child?” field on the right-hand side of the screen at check out. This will send them a direct link and reminder to create their own profile with GrubStreet.
***If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at [email protected] We’re looking forward to writing with you this summer!***
Previous Students Say
- High-Energy Class
- Great for Newbies
- Inspired Me to Write More
- Generate New Work
- The Novel
- Short Fiction