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Writing 360 Workshop: Horror Fiction, This House is Haunted

October 23, 2021 2:00 pm 4:00 pm EDT

Writing 360 Workshop: Horror Fiction, This House is Haunted

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Saturday, Oct. 23
2–4 PM ET

online event; open to Mentees & Mentors in Writing 360

What is a haunted house? Why is a haunted house…well, haunted? In this workshop, Author Cynthia “Cina” Pelayo will discuss some characteristics of what makes a house haunted. We will examine works of literature and film that exemplify this trope, before moving into the creation of a piece of short fiction about a haunted house. Other elements we will discuss are genre—what is horror, what is mystery, what is a thriller? Can we mix genres? We’ll even touch on True Crime Poetry. Additionally, we will discuss word lengths for different genres of short fiction as well as how to submit fiction to publications.

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Meet Your Teaching Artist

Cynthia “Cina” Pelayo

Cynthia “Cina” Pelayo

Cynthia “Cina” Pelayo is a two-time Bram Stoker Awards® nominated poet and author. She is the author of Loteria, Santa Muerte, The Missing, and Poems of My Night, all of which have been nominated for International Latino Book Awards. Poems of My Night was also nominated for an Elgin Award. Her recent collection of poetry, Into The Forest and All The Way Through explores true crime, that of the epidemic of missing and murdered women in the United States, and was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award and Elgin Award. Her modern day horror retelling of the Pied Piper fairy tale, Children of Chicago was released by Agora / Polis Books in 2021. Cina was raised in inner city Chicago, where she still lives.

Writing 360 Mentees & Mentors are required to attend one Writing 360 Saturday Workshop per month. For October, you can choose between this workshop or Writing 360 Workshop: My Body Writes the Poems on Saturday, October 16. Of course, you can always attend two workshops in a month if you’d like!


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