I'm gearing up for Stokercon 2018, and I have to say, I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone, especially since I had to miss last year. I love going to these conferences because so often, writing is such a solitary act, and these conventions remind me of how big and wonderful our horror community really is. I always leave feeling inspired, and I'm looking forward to tons of great conversations, panels, and presentations, as well as checking out the Final Frame Horror Short Film Competition.
This year, I'll be working a lot with Horror University, and I'm going to be teaching two workshops, and then giving a one-hour special presentation dedicated to women in horror. The full details of my courses can be found below, but I urge everyone to look at the entire list because there are some truly great workshops happening this year. As noted on the Horror University page, "workshops will be hands-on, intensive classes that include interactive activities and exercises."
So get ready to get your hands bloody!
HOW TO WRITE KILLER POETRY (HUWK007)—Saturday, March 3; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
This course will detail how to write killer verse as well as discuss the techniques and conventions of the poetic form. Originally published as an essay for Crystal Lake Publishing’s Writers on Writing series, it has been adapted into a workshop to help poets get their hands good and bloody. So get ready to learn how to murder your darlings, folks. It’s about to get criminal.
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING FOR WRITERS (HUWK013)—Friday, March 2; 5-7 p.m.
Social Media Marketing for Writers gives a crash course in marketing and advertising techniques for the digital age. As we know from Westworld and Black Mirror, there are advantages and disadvantages to how we present ourselves online, and as such, this workshop will discuss voice, author branding, and various strategies to gaining a true readership and following.
SCREAM QUEENS: THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN SLASHER FILMS, (HUSP002)—Friday, March 2; 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
This presentation introduces the concept of the final girl and tracks her evolution through slasher film history. The presentation will discuss women in horror with a particular focus on body image and empowerment both on and off the screen.
There is no registration fee for this presentation.