Building Your Very Own Haunted House: How to Write Effective Ghost Stories

Monday, January 10th, 8pm EST

Ghost stories are among the very oldest horror tales. In this class, we'll cover everything you need to know about writing your own ghost stories, from creating terrifying spirits to constructing a memorable haunted house. We'll also discuss the long history of ghost stories, why we love them, and how to craft haunting tales that defy readers' expectations. The workshop will include a writing exercise for before class with a presentation/lecture and a Q&A session.

About the Instructor

Gwendolyn Kiste is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rust Maidens, Boneset & Feathers, And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe, Pretty Marys All in a Row, and The Invention of Ghosts. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Nightmare Magazine, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, Vastarien, Tor's Nightfire, The Dark, and Daily Science Fiction, among others. Originally from Ohio, she now resides on an abandoned horse farm outside of Pittsburgh with her husband, two cats, and not nearly enough ghosts. Find her online at 

Register for this course

All courses are $65 USD.

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HWA Members and StokerCon attendees also receive a discount on all courses. Discount codes change regularly and are provided both via email and in the Members Only section of

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