November 11, 2023 - Adrian Van Young presents "The Craft of Fear: Generating Scares in Fiction"
So often in horror we're taught: you must scare! Yet so few resources are geared toward how to--the actual mechanics of how to scare people. Exploring concepts such as creating an atmosphere of palpable dread, subverting genre expectations, setting as character, the Uncanny, establishing temporal dislocation in a reader, and the interconnectedness of screaming and laughing, this craft-oriented workshop will focus on the finer points of generating fear in fiction. In addition to exploring these concepts, watching a few terrifying film clips and reading contemporary excerpts from authors such as Brian Evenson, Alice Sola Kim, Kelly Link, Victor LaValle, Karen Russell, Carmen Maria-Machado and others, we'll also embark upon a series of generative exercises that will set well you upon the path toward devising a chillingly effectively tale of your own.
For more about Adrain, visit her website HERE.
The workshop is free but please register to secure your spot!
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