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We Were Always Here: Horror Writing for Women of Color | 2-Week Online Fiction Seminar

Malissa White Saturdays, Jan. 29 & Feb. 5
1p-3:30p ET
10a-12:30p PT
12p-2:30p CT
2 class sessions

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“Black history is Black horror.”
― Tananarive Due

Writing horror is back! Thanks to a new wave of diverse storytellers, the once-abandoned literary genre now defies expectation and convention. No longer an exclusively white male genre, We Were Always Here: Horror Writing for Women of Color provides an introduction to the genre with textural support from authors, films, and mythos.

This two-day intensive allows writers to first learn about horror and its subgenres, then explore fears unique to women of color when telling our own compelling stories of those certain monsters, ancestral and newly discovered. Students will receive writing prompts and recommended horror media relevant to the coursework. They will also write a draft of a short horror story and have an opportunity to brainstorm ideas and receive in-class feedback.

The audience for this course is beginner and intermediate POC, WOC, and LGTBQA+ horror fans interested in horror writing. 

All class meetings will be held via Zoom. The link to join your Zoom classroom will be provided on the morning of your class. Please check spam folders if you do not receive an email confirmation upon registration. For more information on how to download or use Zoom, please click here.

Meet Your Instructor:
Malissa White

Malissa White is an indie comics and short story writer, reviewer and producer from Los Angeles, CA. Her works include the comic NIGHTMARE with Scout Comics, SOUNDBOX with Kamikaze Animated's SHORT CIRCUIT Anthology, and short horror story "Vessel" with a podcast production by Black Women Are Scary and published in written format on midnight & indigo. Her reviews and essays can be found on Comicon, The Valkyries Blog and the Eisner winning comic magazine, Panel x Panel. When not writing, she watches horror movies, reads tarot, and drinks too much coffee. Follow her everywhere @Malissifent.

Course Takeaways

  • Learn the basic mechanics of the horror genre
  • Write a draft of a short horror story
  • Explore fears unique to women of color
  • Understand the basics of plot, character development, and storytelling
  • Receive general, in-class feedback
  • Understand horror themes and how to use them effectively

Course Expectations

  • Students will watch horror movies, read horror articles and short stories prior to class, as provided in advance via weblinks

Course Skeleton

  • Week One: An Introduction to Horror - Identify horror subgenres, character tropes, and themes. Brainstorm and discuss fears and story ideas to explore thematically. Students will be expected to create an outline for their work
  • Week Two: Writing for Horror - Expand on character development, setting, and employ literary tactics. Students will be expected to write a short story draft