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Aimee Parkison: Ekphrastic Horror: Ghosts in Photographs

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Aimee Parkison

October 15-17


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.

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Online Roundtable

This four month program brings the experience of our instructors (like our very own editor-in-chief and award-winning writer Robert Vaughan and our fiction editor Meg Tuite) in an informal online setting. Participants receive a monthly “lesson” and writing prompts, mid-month meetings with your cohort in an optional full group Zoom Meeting, and monthly one-on-one sessions with the instructor via Zoom.

Writing Retreats

Each year we offer a couple week-long, in person writing retreats. You will have the opportunity and inspiration to explore the unique challenges that writers face in writing a new piece each day. The workshop is ideal for writers of all levels of experience, from previously published writers to novice writers who are ready to launch into new terrain.

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