The Horror Writers Association welcomes you to Horror U!

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is an international, nonprofit author networking and support organization dedicated to promoting horror fiction and media, dark literature and poetry, and the interests of those who write and create it. The HWA offers mentorship, networking, and educational opportunities, administers the annual Bram Stoker Awards®, and hosts StokerCon.

Horror University Online, the HWA’s program of interactive workshops and presentations provides opportunities for writers to learn from some of the strongest voices in horror.

Horror University Online Can Help You Advance Your Writing by:

  • honing your writing skills
  • learning about the horror genre
  • gaining knowledge from some of the best in the business
  • connecting with people in the horror writing community
  • discovering new techniques and strategies to fuel your creativity
  • acquire special skills for planning and completing projects

Live Classes

Past classes have included:

  • The Art of the Short Story with Jonathan Maberry
  • Poetry Forms Workshop for All Writers with Linda Addison
  • The History of Ghosts with Lisa Morton
  • Done to Death with Tim Waggoner

Pre-Recorded Classes

Are you looking to:

  • tighten your prose?
  • scare your readers?
  • learn about ghosts?
  • improve your poetry game?

Try our pre-recorded classes!

What Is Horror University Online?

Each Horror University Online session will include a roster of workshops on a variety of writing and horror-related topics. Formerly restricted to in-person workshops at StokerCon, HU Online now makes expert advice and writing guidance available to anyone around the world interested in writing horror.

Horror University Online furthers the Horror Writers Association’s focus on education with a curriculum run by some of the best and brightest in the horror field.

Formerly only accessible in-person at StokerCon, this series of classes, designed to help writers hone their craft and advance their career, will now be available year-round and accessible to anyone with access to the Internet.

Past StokerCon attendees have provided wonderful feedback about their experiences in Horror University—but the HWA realizes not all horror writers can attend StokerCon to participate in this opportunity. Now you can enjoy these workshops even if you can’t travel to StokerCon.

How It Works/Pricing

Horror University Online aims to offer a variety of workshops in every session. Most sessions will consist of a live webinar with the Instructor, and many of these will later be available as recordings available to registered attendees and for purchase by new students. You may take as many courses as you like each session.


One course
  • $65 per workshop
  • HWA members receive discount codes for single and multi-course registrations

HWA Members in good standing are provided coupon codes via the Internet Mailer and in the Members Only section of These codes change periodically so make certain you're using the most recent one.


Coupon codes have very specific uses detailed where you found the code. If your registration does not qualify for the coupon being used, it will be voided and your money refunded. Please make certain you meet the criteria for the code before completing checkout.


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