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

Dark Fiction

No Longer Enrolling

  • $300.00 Non-Member
  • $285.00 Member

Class Description

Whether you write commercial or genre fiction, love Gone Girl or American Psycho, there are plenty of opportunities to “get dark” in your prose. In this class, we’ll explore the craft of dark fiction. Each week, we’ll look at examples including neo-noir, horror, and classic and gothic literature, and we’ll discuss the evolving definition of dark fiction along the way. Through in-class and take-home exercises, we’ll experiment with the unique tools that dark fiction writers use to draw readers in, taking our inspiration from drama, the contemporary and classic honchos of horror, and our own experiences. You'll have the opportunity to share your work in class for on-the-spot feedback, with the goal of pushing your stories beyond tropes and getting into the truly dark matter. We’ll be reading, among others, Angela Carter Octavia Butler, M.R. James, Edgar Allen Poe, Jorge Luis Borges, Neil Gaiman, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

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!