Bloody Beats: Outlining Your Horror Novel

with Kelly McWilliams and Wendy Wagner

Genres: Fiction, The Writing Life, Novel, Short Story


Introductory, Intermediate

2 Sessions

Start Date: April 22, 2023
End Date: April 29, 2023
Day of Week: Saturday
Time: 1:10pm - 4:10pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $162.00
General Price: $180.00

Students will learn how to use and apply the concept of "beats" in building an outline for a horror novel. We'll first introduce the concept of a beat sheet and go over examples from literature and film, focusing on how these structural moments are built from character development. In our second session, students will bring outlines of their own projects for brainstorming & discussion. Great for new and intermediate writers alike.

Registration dates:

March 13: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

March 14: Member registration opens

March 21: General registration opens

Kelly McWilliams

Kelly McWilliams


Kelly McWilliams is the author of the YA novels Agnes at the End of the World (2020), Mirror Girls (2022), and the forthcoming Your Plantation Prom Is Not Okay (Spring 2023, Little, Brown Young Readers). She lives in Seattle. 

Wendy Wagner

Wendy Wagner

she/her, they/them

Wendy N. Wagner is the editor-in-chief of NIGHTMARE MAGAZINE and the managing/senior editor of LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE. She is the author of the novella THE SECRET SKIN, the horror novel THE DEER KINGS, and the SF thriller AN OATH OF DOGS.

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