“Writing Horror: Defining Terror, Fear & the Dark Side of Imagination” will begin Thursday, Sept. 7, from 6:-00-8:00 in the Otter Creek Room and will continue Thurs. 6:00-8:00 through Oct. 26. Within this workshop we will boldly explore the human responses to fear. What are your nightmares made of? We will investigate terror itself, and how this has impacted our world, cultures and our current day lives. What makes you question your sanity or safety? When the lights go out, and you are alone, what thoughts creep into your conscious awareness? Literature has been a canvas for bringing fear to light, and we will experiment in writing stories of our own. This workshop will include diverse readings from contemporary writers, we will have writing exercises and prompts will be provided, all assignments are optional and never mandatory. All levels of writers are most welcome. This will be so much more than writing “ghost stories!” Come join us and investigate your fears, while we have fun examining the collective Macabre.
This workshop will be led by Kris Johannesson MFA. She is a frequent lecturer at UVM and she has taught for over twenty years and worked with students of all ages. Her writing has been published in literary journals, web journals and literary anthologies. She is currently working on her second novel, a biographical piece focusing on the women writers of the Harlem Renaissance and a collection of personal essays. Kris lives with her family on their small farm in Middlebury, VT. These offerings follow upon her popular Memoir 101 workshop at the Bixby in the spring of 2017.