Reading Like a Writer: Frankenstein

  • January 29, 2020 - 7:00pm
  • Shelton McMurphey Johnson House

Explore Mary Shelly’s classic Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus Considered by many to be the first true science fiction horror story. If you haven’t read it recently, though, you may not remember the sweeping force of the prose, the grotesque, surreal imagery, and the multilayered doppelgänger themes of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece.

Obsessed by creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material to fashion a new being, which he shocks into life by electricity. But his botched creature, rejected by Frankenstein and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy his maker and all that he holds dear. This chilling gothic tale, begun when Mary Shelley was just nineteen years old, would become the world’s most famous work of horror fiction, and remains a devastating exploration of the limits of human creativity.

Hult PresentsThis event is a collaboration with Hult Center for the Performing Arts as part of the special Oregon premiere presentation of Manual Cinema’s Frankenstein. Internationally-renowned multimedia company Manual Cinema stitches together the classic story of Frankenstein with Mary Shelley’s own biography to create an unexpected story about the beauty and horror of creation. Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive visual stories for stage and screen. February 27 – March 1, 2020

About the Instructor: Daryll Lynne Evans began her writing career as a playwright with the Performing Arts Conservatory in Colorado, where she also taught theatre and play writing to youth. She has an MFA in fiction from Purdue University, where she taught creative writing and worked with Sycamore Review. She has taught writing workshops as part of the Loose Leaf Writing Series in Indiana, and for the Mid-Valley chapter of Willamette Writers in Eugene, and had been a presenter at Wordcrafters, Willamette Writers, and South Coast Writers conferences. She directs Wordcrafters in Eugene

This event is a collaboration of Wordcrafters in Eugene, Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, and Hult Center for the Performing Arts. Suggested donation $10


  • Start Date:January 29, 2020
  • Start Time:7:00pm
  • End Date:January 29, 2020
  • End Time:9:00pm
  • Location:Shelton McMurphey Johnson House