Horror University - Fall 2020

  • 06 Oct 2020
  • 30 Nov 2020

Horror University Online

The Horror Writers Association brings one of the most popular aspects of StokerCon online!

Horror University, the HWA’s program of interactive writing workshops and presentations, is launching in an all-new format with live, online workshops with some of the strongest voices in horror. Formerly only accessible in-person at StokerCon, this series of classes, designed to help writers hone their craft and advance their career, will now be available year-round and accessible to anyone with access to the Internet. Past StokerCon attendees have provided wonderful feedback about their experiences in Horror University—but the HWA realizes not all horror writers can attend StokerCon to participate in this opportunity. Now you can enjoy these workshops even if you can’t travel to StokerCon.

Join us for our special introductory session this October and November, featuring four of the most prominent writers in the genre today: Linda Addison, Jonathan Maberry, Lisa Morton, and Tim Waggoner. Then watch for announcements for more HU Online workshops coming in early 2021.

Each session will take place on Zoom so students may interact directly with the instructor.

Pricing and details for each workshop are listed below. A special discount is available for those who wish to register for all four sessions.


All webinars will be at 5pm PST / 8pm EST

October 26, 2020

Poetry Forms Workshop for All Writers with Linda Addison

Not just for poets: a workshop to play with the different poetry forms to use less words to say more; heighten readers’ emotional reaction, clarify your style/voice and handle writing blocks. We will explore several poetry shapes and their rules to understand how they are created. Time will be available for attendees to practice writing, including creating writing “seeds.”

Instructor Bio:
Linda D. Addison grew up in Philadelphia and began weaving stories at an early age. She currently lives in Arizona and has published over 350 poems, stories and articles. Ms Addison is the first African-American recipient of the world renowned HWA Bram Stoker Award(R) and has received five awards for collections: “The Place of Broken Things” written with Alessandro Manzetti (Crystal Lake Publishing, 2019); “Four Elements” written with Charlee Jacob, Marge Simon and Rain Graves (Bad Moon Books, 2013); “How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend” short stories and poetry (Necon E-Books, 2011), “Being Full of Light, Insubstantial” (2007), “Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes” (2001).

“Dark Duet” (Necon E-Books, 2012), a collaborative book of poetry written with Stephen M. Wilson, was a 2012 finalist for the HWA Bram Stoker Award(R). She co-edited “Sycorax’s Daughters”, an anthology of horror fiction & poetry by African-American women (publisher Cedar Grove Publishing, 2017) with Kinitra Brooks and Susana Morris, which was a HWA Bram Stoker finalist in the Anthology category. In 2018, she received the HWA Lifetime Achievement Award.

October 19, 2020

The Art of the Short Story with Jonathan Maberry 


The short story market has never been healthier, and it can not only build your career and increase your professional income, it can also help you stretch as a writer. Short stories offer more creative opportunities than any other form of writing. We’ll discuss the short story structure, tips on finding killer opening hooks and powerful endings, strategies for finding paying markets, and much more. 

Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestseller, Inkpot Award and 5-time Bram Stoker Award winner. He is the author of over thirty novels, hundreds of comic books, two dozen nonfiction books, and more than 120 short stories. He is the editor of the newly relaunched Weird Tales Magazine, and has edited seventeen anthologies including Don’t Turn Out the Lights, Scary Out There, Aliens: Bug Hunt, The X-Files, and others. He is also president of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and a board member of the HWA.


The History of Ghosts with Lisa Morton 

Are you ready to write a ghost story, but wish you knew a little more about the history of your spectral protagonist? Lisa Morton, author of the acclaimed Ghosts: A Haunted History and Calling the Spirits: A History of Seances is here to help, with a one-hour illustrated presentation that looks at the classical history of ghosts, ghosts in the Middle Ages, paranormal beliefs around the world, and modern hauntings. You'll hear some chilling real-life ghost stories, and probably learn a few new things about these visitors from beyond.

Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, and prose writer whose work was described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening.” She is a six-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award®, the author of four novels and over 150 short stories, and a world-class Halloween expert. Her forthcoming releases include Weird Women: Classic Supernatural Fiction from Groundbreaking Female Writers 1852-1923 (co-edited with Leslie S. Klinger), Calling the Spirits: A History of Seances, and the collection Night Terrors and Other Stories. See more at www.lisamorton.com.


Done to Death with Tim Waggoner
With novels on the bestseller lists and movies winning Academy Awards, the horror genre is hotter than ever. But if you want your fiction to stand out from the pack, you need to do more than offer readers retreads of well-worn stories of monsters, ghosts, and demons. You need to write horror that’s original and captivating – horror only you can write. This workshop will teach you how to avoid clichés when writing horror and dark fantasy and create stories that are fresh and exciting.

Critically-acclaimed author Tim Waggoner has published over fifty novels and seven collections of short stories. He writes dark fantasy and horror, as well as media tie-ins. He’s won the Bram Stoker Award, the HWA’s Mentor of the Year Award, and he’s been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award, the Scribe Award, and the Splatterpunk Award. He’s also a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio.

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