What I'd Wish I'd Known When Starting Out in Horror

Friday, 5/21, 3 P.M. EST

In the horror community’s tradition of paying forward, and with the aim of decreasing participants’ learning curves, a veteran horror writer shares what he wishes he’d known when starting his career. Exercises include cliches in horror, how different characters react to horrific experiences, writing internal horror, basing horror on personal fears, branding as a horror author, and writing in horror-adjacent fields.


About the Instructor


Critically-acclaimed author Tim Waggoner has published over fifty novels and seven collections of short stories. He writes original dark fantasy and horror, as well as media tie-ins, and he’s recently released a book on writing horror fiction called Writing in the Dark. He’s won the Bram Stoker Award and been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award, the Scribe Award, and the Splatterpunk Award. He’s also a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.

Register for this course


All courses are $65 USD.

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