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WDtS Online: It Came From Right Next Door! Horror Generator

Tuesday, October 18th, 5:00pm-6:30pm (EST)
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
30 seats max

This class is free and you do not need to pay or apply for a scholarship. Instead, to join this class fill out this form. DO NOT use any of the other buttons or links to apply to this class.

From Stephen King's small-town Maine to the suburbs in Jordan Peele's Get Out to Netflix's Stranger Things, it seems like the scariest monsters are always right next door. Why is it that so much horror focuses on the entry of the unknown and terrifying into the safety of the suburbs, the basement of the apartment, the attic of the rural farmhouse?

In this drop-in, we'll explore the stereotypes and social forces that create and perpetuate these themes. We’ll brainstorm short horror stories of our own, defamiliarizing the familiar and inviting the spooky into the everyday. Participants should expect to come away from this workshop with a new appreciation for the way horror can reflect our world in interesting and engaging ways. Writers will also leave with new brainstorming tools and several story concepts, and at least one strong start to a potential horror story. Writers of all levels and experience are welcome!

Who Should Register?

Write Down the Street has a special focus on making the creative writing workshop more accessible to those who face challenges due to cost, language skills, lack of access to transportation, and other barriers. We believe that all voices must be spotlighted with the range and fullness they deserve.

These programs are offered tuition-free thanks to the support of generous donors who are committed to our mission of ensuring all voices are heard.

About GrubStreet Remote Classes

GrubStreet will be hosting all of our classes remotely from now through the end of the summer. We’ve decided as a staff that the best thing we can do for our community is to follow the advice of public health experts, and participate in the social distancing that’s recommended to help slow the spread of disease. You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! You’ll receive an email from your instructor on the day your class is scheduled with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information. 

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

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Peter Medeiros
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Previous Students Say

  • Generative
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  • Generate New Work


  • Short Fiction

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