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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Genre Essentials: The Anatomy of Horror - Remote!

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  • $75.00 Non-Member
  • $65.00 Member

Class Description

The horror genre has become the defining genre of our time. Great horror is a dark reflection of the world we live in and can tap into the primal fears and desires of the audience. Whether your story is within the horror genre or not, it may have moments that tap into the fears of the reader and understanding the principles that make the genre work can lend power to your work.

In this three-hour workshop, writers will learn why audiences love to be afraid and what is the underlying meaning of our love of horror. We will analyze the structure of the horror story and study what has worked in the past by analyzing great works of literature and film and study the masters of the genre: Poe, Shelley, Lovecraft, Stephen King, George Romero & Clive Barker. We will also study scenes of horror from works that fall into other genres and explore how using horror enhanced the narrative. In the second half of the day, students will write a scene and share their work.

This workshop will be useful for short story writers, novelists and screenplay writers working in the horror genre or a genre which use horror as an emotional element. Students will be given short writing prompts to help refine their ideas and ask questions designed to strengthen their work.

This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! 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! 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 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:

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!