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Fri, Feb 17


Virtual Workshop

Still Spooky: Modernizing Gothic Tropes

This workshop is perfect for writers of all stages interested in gothic writing, from the must-haves to gothic tropes to generative exercises.

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Still Spooky: Modernizing Gothic Tropes
Still Spooky: Modernizing Gothic Tropes

Time & Location

Feb 17, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Virtual Workshop


About the event

In this workshop, we will: 

-Introduce ourselves and why we love the Gothic aesthetic;

-Read together passages describing setting from Jane Eyre, ("original" gothic lit - 1847) The Hacienda (historical fic released in 2022), and Sundial (modern gothic fic released in 2022);

-Compare and contrast, identify together a set of gothic elements/tropes we noted in the passages;

-Go over the "must-haves" for any gothic fiction (in any time period);

-Freewrite a list of formerly grand places in our modern world that might be abandoned (possible settings for modern gothic stories);

-Ask participants to share their ideas;

-Then writing time! Each participant will choose a modern setting and write for ten minutes, focusing on the first time a protagonist sees the setting;

-If we have time after that, we can see if anyone wants to read their first paragraph for us.


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