The International
Women's Writing Guild

Haunted: 21st Century Ghosts & the Uses of the Uncanny

  • Saturday, October 24, 2020
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Digital Village


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3-Hour Workshop

Haunted: 21st Century Ghosts & the Uses of the Uncanny
with Lynne Barrett

Format:  Craft talk with concepts, examples, and generative prompts.

This October, discover how writers can combine the elements of the uncanny with contemporary settings and situations to create fresh, haunting tales.  Ghost stories don’t have to be confined by their old Gothic chains, and writers can draw upon the power of what haunts us without explicitly showing a phantasm at all. In this workshop we’ll look at the underlying psychology of the uncanny, investigate the way tales can externalize our fears and desires, and explore inventive uses of places and situations in your world, with prompts to get you started on a story you could potentially finish by Halloween.

This workshop will include lecture, discussion of short published examples, and prompts. Participants will also receive information about magazines and other resources.  While most examples will be fiction, these concepts also can be drawn upon in personal essays and memoir, and the prompts can generate writing in any of these forms.

Lynne Barrett

Lynne Barrett’s story collection Magpies received the Florida Book Awards gold medal. Her recent stories and essays appear in Orange Blossom Review, Necessary Fiction, Mystery Tribune, Flash! Writing the Very Short Story, The Hong Kong Review, River Teeth’s “Beautiful Things,” The Southern Women’s Review, and Grabbed: Poets and Writers on Sexual Assault, Empowerment, and Healing. She’s the editor of Making Good Time, True Stories of How We Do, and Don’t, Get Around in South Florida and wrote the writers’ handbook What Editors Want.  She’s received the Edgar Award for best mystery story and teaches Creative Writing at Florida International University.

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