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Facing your Fears: Writing Through Darkness (with the Iowa Writers House)

This three hour workshop provides a way of thinking through the three main

ingredients involved in crafting a truly terrifying story. Distinguishing among three

different kinds of psychological and phenomenological experiences that are

generally simply termed “scary” empowers you to be precise in the effects you wish

to create. Each of the three main modules will provide a short definition of the main

concept, a writing prompt and time to write, and a time to read/share.

1: Introduction

2: Fear as Object (Thing)

3: Horror as Experience (World)

4: Terror as Realization (Self)

5: The Gift of the Gothic (conclusion)