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Writing Social Horror

Saturday, September 23rd, from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
Only 4 spots left!

Horror has thrilled readers for centuries, but until recently it was viewed as being beneath the more ‘literary’ genres. This has changed with the rise of social horror, which takes a real interest in issues of social justice and oppression in society. In this three-hour seminar, we will host group discussions and writing exercises to explore how this genre can do more than provide a handful of cheap scares. Reading excerpts from authors like Alyssa Wong, Octavia E. Butler and more, we will learn about the craft of writing scary stories that can spark important conversations. Participants can expect to leave this meeting with plenty of notes and an outline for their very own horror story! 
Writers of all levels are encouraged to join; this course was designed so that both established and emerging voices can learn more about horror writing.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Scholarship Information

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Mike Zendejas
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