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The Modern Gothic: Making Haunted Fictions for the 21st Century Zoom Seminar with Amber Sparks, October 22nd, 2022
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The Modern Gothic: Making Haunted Fictions for the 21st Century Zoom Seminar with Amber Sparks, October 22nd, 2022

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Saturday, October 22nd, 2022

Live Seminar Via Zoom 10AM – 1PM CST

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Led by Amber Sparks, the author of several short story collections, including The Unfinished World and Other Stories, and I Do Not Forgive You (Liveright). Her essays and fiction can be found widely in print and online, in places like The Paris Review, New York Magazine, Granta, Tin House, American Short Fiction and elsewhere.

Everyone loves a good ghost story. But much like spotting a ghost in the modern world, it's trickier than it seems.

How can you use the tricks, conventions, and tools that writers from Henry James to MR James to Shirley Jackson made standard, while writing something that's fresh, new, and thoroughly modern?

We'll study the conventions of the gothic story, look at modern ghost stories by writers like Brian Evenson and Carmen Maria Machado and others, and use fun prompts and games to get your brain into gothic mode.

You'll leave with a story draft that's definitely gothic - whether your ghosts are scary, sad, sweet, or funny is up to you.


    • You're finding the constraints of your current writing practice too limiting.
    • You want exposure to a range of new approaches to bring to your writing practice.
    • You want an expanded sense of what is possible in your work.


    "One of the more creative workshops I have ever taken. Amber Sparks really got me to think in different and creative ways. It was the right class at the right time for me."

    "I really enjoyed Amber Sparks' workshop on Fractured Narrative! Great list of possible approaches to non-linear story-telling with helpful references to specific author's works as examples. Good exercises. Really enjoyed the chat input from other attendees as well. Great value for the price."


    This class will meet via Zoom on October 22nd, 2022 from 10AM - 1PM CST


    You can pay for the course in full or use Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
    • Amber Sparks | Live via Zoom

    • Saturday, October 22nd, 2022 | 10AM – 1PM CST

    • Seminar is fully ONLINE and meets via Zoom

    Instructor Amber Sparks is the author of four collections of short fiction, including And I Do Not Forgive You: Revenges and other Stories and The Unfinished World, and her fiction and essays have appeared in American Short Fiction, the Paris Review, Tin House, Granta, The Cut and elsewhere. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

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