Monday, January 31st, 8pm EST
In space, no one can hear you scream. Here there be monsters. Who’s behind the door?
Settings can be as scary and surprisingly deadly as the creatures and killers who populate our books. From craggy caverns to undersea cities, haunted houses to alien landscapes, they can threaten characters with their very lives, and their inherent fear factor always offers a potential stage for delightfully dangerous action, creative conflict, and shocking surprise.
In this 2-hour session we'll discover different methods for manipulating the elements of SETTING (the time and place of a story) in a way that provides intense conflict, escalates suspense, or raises the kind of spooky atmosphere that keeps readers glued to the pages. We'll examine passages of treacherous setting descriptions and practice strategies in class that will help participants create dark places, threatening locales, and dangerous environs. Attendees should be able to generate a stronger sense of atmosphere and even discover possible plot complications for their writing projects as a result.
Prior to attending, students will be asked to read "The Raft" by Stephen King (available in his 1985 collection, Skeleton Crew; a pdf of the short story will be provided via email for educational use only).