The Vanguard

You may remember that about a week ago I got an email from Dean Harrison asking me what my definition of horror is for his college newspaper.  Of course I went into a little more detail than just giving a flat definition and then sent it off to him.  You can read the article I wrote here.

Using mine and other various sources, Dean then wrote an article of his own about horror literature for his college newspaper, ‘The Vanguard’ at the University of South Alabama (Dean is a Contributing Editor at the paper).  Though Dean was supposed to send me a copy when it came out (and, hell, perhaps I’ll still get a hard copy – though, I more like busting his balls about it now), I did find the article that was published in ‘The Vanguard’ on April 12th.  You can read the article here.  Well done, Dean!

Fall Writing Class

As you know, you can now enroll in the class I’ll be teaching this summer at the University of Akron (Akron, Ohio) – ‘So You Want To Be A Horror Writer’. 

A description of the class; including cost, classroom location, dates/times and how to enroll can be found here.

In addition, the class will now also be offered during the Fall semester.  The class will have the same weekly format, times, costs, etc.  The Fall class has a tentative start date of September 14th and will run for 5-consecutive weeks.  So, if you can’t make the summer class for whatever reason, here’s another chance to join in the fun later in the year.  You can’t enroll in the Fall class as of yet since they are doing enrollment for the summer, but I wanted to put it out there so you can mark your calendars now, so you don’t go off and plan a late-summer vacation or anything like that.  Besides, what’s better than spending time inside a classroom when it’s warm and sunny outside, right?!

So You (STILL) Want To Be A Horror Writer?

As you know, beginning on February 16 – March 16, I will be teaching a 5-week class at the University of Akron (Akron, Ohio) on how to write and get your stuff published in the horror genre.  The class name is: ‘So You Want To Be A Horror Writer? – How to Write Scary Stuff and Get it Published!’.  The once-a-week-class will meet on Tuesdays from 6-8p.m.  You can find more information and sign up for the class here.

Now even better news.  Because the class is so unique (no other college or university in Ohio offers something like this in the horror genre that I’m aware of), the department of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at U of A, will be offering the class during their Summer semester as well.  It will be another 5-week class and will run from June 8 – July 6 on Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m.

So, if you can’t make the Spring semester offering of the class, check out their website in a few months and enroll in the next one.  Hope to see you there!

Horror Writing Class Details

I mentioned here that I am the newest Part-Time Faculty member at the University of Akron, in Akron, Ohio, and will be instructing a class in Spring 2010, called, ‘So You Want To Be A Horror Writer – How to Write Scary Stuff and Get It Published’.  You can now visit UA’s site and read the final class description, class topics, location, dates and times and cost by clicking HERE.  You can then go to the top of the page and use their Online Registration to sign up and pay for the class.  

For those of you that are seriously interested in the class, below is a Class Objective & Outline what will be covered during the 5 class meetings.

Learning Objectives –

Some of the skills that will be taught during these sessions include:

  • Turning your idea into a book or short story
  • Developing characters, plot, pace, and more
  • How to stay focused and avoid distractions
  • Finding time to write with a busy schedule
  • How to find a Publisher
  • How to promote your work after it has been accepted and released by a Publisher


Topical Outline –

  •  Turning your idea into a book or short story
    • How to come up with ideas that a general audience or a particular niche would enjoy
    • How to expand on a general story idea and be able to compose an effective novel or short story from it.
    • How to organize your thoughts so they are coherent throughout the entire story
    •  Developing characters, plot, pace, and more
      • How to write believable but fascinating characters
      • How to format your plot so that readers will stay focused on the story
      • How to space out character descriptions, action, sub-plots and general scenes while not making it boring for the reader
    •  How to stay focused and avoid distractions
      • How to find your own time to write without the worry of outside distractions of a busy life
      • How to keep your eye ‘on the prize’
    •  Finding time to write with a busy schedule
      • How to find time each and every day to write if it is your passion
    •  How to find a Publisher
      • Where to look for a publisher of books and magazines that accept short stories
      • To self-publish or not
    •  How to promote your work after it has been accepted and released by a Publisher
      • How to use all the media outlets; magazines, the internet, radio, newspapers, etc, to market and promote yourself and your work


So, if you live in the Greater Cleveland/Akron area and are truly interested in becoming a horror writer or just an overall better writer in whatever your chosen genre might be, this class may be just right for you!