Facing Your Fears: Writing Through Darkness


Facing Your Fears: Writing Through Darkness


“Scary “is a catch-all term that unhelpfully brings together several distinct, potent forms of human experience. Different things scare people—but more importantly, different kinds of things scare people in different kinds of ways. This class distinguishes among three basic experiences that shape humans (therefore readers)—objects of fear, experiences of horror, and realizations of terror. This class discusses these as important tools in the construction of most kinds of writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays).

Experiences of fright have a purpose: they precede times of transformation, especially as they reveal truths about what it means to be who we are. The most potent forms of fright are the most private, intimate, and personal.  These motivate characters and readers: to use them well provides a depth and coherence when weaving together a story. Understanding the mechanics of fright is essential in your writing, because it makes the experiences of your characters more relatable. As a bonus: these skills are also important in navigating your own life beyond the text.

The second component of this course will build on the what of constructing fright and will focus on how to create these sorts of dynamics and tensions within a text. Participants will use simple prompts to practice working through the what of fright and the how of writing to gain a working understanding of why fright is important as a tool, and when it can be used effectively.

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019; 1:30pm-4:30pm

Where:  Iowa Writers' House, 332 East Davenport St

Cost: $75

All course information is sent to participants upon registering including confirmation of workshop times, location, and materials.

Please review our cancellation policy: http://www.iowawritershouse.org/cancellation-policy

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