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Introduction to Horror Writing

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Introduction to Horror Writing
This course will teach students how to construct a horror premise, create atmosphere, and complete a final product.  The course will allow for exploration of individual voice and sub-genre selection.  Length impacts will be discussed as a matter of course; however, short stories will be graded on a pass/fail basis.  Beginning with a review of popular authors in the horror genre and an exercise in reading and comparing authors of a similar sub-genre, students will understand their preferences and why they have them.  An overall understanding of story construction as it pertains to horror fiction, to include character development, tone, and the use of dialogue, will be amassed by the completion of the course.
Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Learn the mechanics of writing horror fiction (crafting tone and atmosphere for the genre)
  • Get exposed to classic horror authors as well as contemporary scribes
  • Understand fiction markets and what prose length means for your work
  • Review the history and current uses of horror antagonists so that you can use effectively in your work
  • Find your own voice
Course Structure and Schedule
This is a non-credit online course which will take approximately six weeks to complete.  Cost of the course is $125.
Content covered in the course is as follows:
Module 1:  Define Horror & Horror Fiction
Module 2:  Horror Icons and Sub-Genres
Module 3:  Antagonists of Horror
Module 4:  Story Lengths
Module 5:  Finding Your Voice
Module 6:  The Mechanics of Writing Horror Fiction
Computer Requirements

  • Mozilla Firefox (recommended) or Internet Explorer
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • QuickTime
  • Macromedia Flash Player
  • Java
(Free software plug-ins are available in the Getting Started area of the course.)
Basic computer skills required (i.e., turning on your computer, navigating to websites, etc.  The course is user friendly, but support is available if needed.
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Lisa Wood has authored several works of fiction (ranging from psychological horror to children’s board books), non-fiction, poetry, as well as technical documentation that has been used in the IT and Human Resources fields.  Her first full-length novel, Crescendo, and one of her short story collections, Caliginy, were recommended for the coveted Bram Stoker award.  Her short stories have been published in over 30 print and online venues.  Lisa edited five short story anthologies, including a groundbreaking round-robin novel with contributions by five authors.  She completed her doctoral thesis on the state of horror fiction and earned her PhD from the School of Social Sciences at Must University.  She earned a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Organizational Leadership from the College of Business and Professional Studies at Ashford University.  Her undergraduate degree is n Communications with a minor in Sociology from the School of Communications at Howard University.


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Sunday, April 15, 2018 @ 11:59 PM

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