English CBST. Blood, Sweat, Tears: The Art and Craft of Horror Writing

Instructor: Nick White
Wednesday, 12:00-2:45pm | Location: Boylston G07
Enrollment: Limited to 12 students
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In this workshop, we will study the shocking art and bewitching craft that is horror. For those writers daring enough to face the abyss with me, we will spend the first half of the semester closely reading contemporary classics of the form, such as Victor LaValle’s The Ballad of Black Tom, Carmen Maria Machado’s Especially Heinous, Stephen Graham Jones’ Night of the Mannequins, and Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream. The second half of the semester, we will devote our time to workshopping your own creative work: one shorter flash piece and one longer story or novel chapter (around 5,000 words). The final project will be a significant revision of the longer story or novel chapter.

Supplemental Application Information: Prior experience writing fiction is helpful but not required. Please submit a writing sample of 3-5 pages of fiction, along with an application letter explaining your interest in this course, any writing experience you feel is relevant, and listing examples of work that moves and/or influences you, explaining why it does.

Apply via Submittable (deadline: 11:59pm EDT on Sunday, August 21)