Aimee Parkison, October 15-17: Ekphrastic Horror: Ghosts in Photographs
This workshop focuses on writing Ekphrastic Horror from real, surreal, contemporary, and historical photographs. We will examine images strange and terrifying, symbolist, realist, grotesque, disturbing yet ethereal, beautifully gothic, and monstrous. We will experiment with creative writing techniques to generate original flash fiction “horror” from photographs. We will construct, deconstruct, and subvert traditional horror genre elements by reimaging, reinventing, and reinterpreting ghosts, monsters, witches, castles, haunting, terror, atmosphere, and foreshadowing. Through flash fiction, we will begin transforming horror genre elements into new experimental tropes by seeking ekphrastic inspiration from photographs.