This is an Advanced Horror Fiction Writing Seminar. Two parts online, one part in residence at the Stanley Hotel for three credit hours. This low-residency model is offered within the space of three weeks. In this intense space of time, we will crawl into the dark places of the horror story. We will read excerpts of novels, short stories, essays, articles, and watch a short film or two, maybe even a movie during residency at the Stanley Hotel. But our focus is fiction, the scarier the better. Don't expect to sleep much—both due to the content and the workload of the course. We will discuss suspense techniques, scare tactics, how to do gore, what to do with disgust and revulsion, and how to balance all that within the framework of some vast, peculiar mechanism that creaks like a rollercoaster, and can plummet like one too, if you are doing things right. Come to get scared, stay to learn how to scare others. Write where fear finds you.
This is a low-resident hybrid course that includes elements of both online and in-residence learning.
- December 26, 2017 - January 6, 2018: Online component offered through CU Boulder's student portal, Desire 2 Learn (D2L)
- January 7-12, 2018: Residential component at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO
Both current CU Boulder students and community members are eligible to enroll in this course.