Horror & Suspense Workshop

Learn how to instill fear and foreboding in your readers at this workshop with Elle Mitchell

Adults (Ages 16+)
Thursday, June 27 | 3-5 pm

This is an in-person event.

Wordcrafters Studio
436 Charnelton St. Ste 100
Eugene, OR 97401

We now offer Pay from the Heart Pricing
We want everyone to have access to our writing programs. Choose the ticket price that best reflects your financial capacity. If you need further support, please contact us at bewriting@wordcrafters.org.

Participant – $52

Sustainer – $69

Patron – $86

Registration closes June 20

Masks are optional. Please stay home if you’re unwell with any upper respiratory illness.

Suspense is the feeling of holding your breath, waiting for the other shoe to drop. Take a second to picture that moment. Notice how your body tenses; you may clench your teeth or curl your toes up. Make a note for later.

Instill fear and suspense in any situation—ordinary or extraordinary (horror or suspense is not genre-locked). Any setting can be turned into a nightmare or send shivers up your spine with language. Upset the balance of your characters, and use their emotional responses to put your readers on the edge of their seats.

We will look at examples from local indie authors, with an emphasis on the realism of physical reactions to the situations, as well as the ramifications of moments that follow. (Maybe in a moment of panic, your character tenses and punches what ends up being a wall, not a ghost–and this decision follows the character through the book in the form of an aching hand, and oh no, is that a little blood dripping–which makes them easier to find by the antagonist). 

Elle will also touch on how to weave disability and trauma into the genres of horror and suspense in a respectful way, and utilize symptoms in a way that doesn’t feel horrible but instead feels representative to the community.

Using some writing prompts, we’ll then create our own scenes!

Do you have questions about this or any of our programs? Email us at bewriting@wordcrafters.org

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