How to Build a Haunted House (and Other Strange Structures)
This class is for architects of the weird wanting to hone their craft and construct a memorable place of living like the Overlook Hotel or the witch’s gingerbread house in Hansel and Gretel. First, we’ll study classic and contemporary examples of haunted houses and speculative structures; then, students will have the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned through in-class exercises and writing prompts. Students will leave this class with draft blueprints for the weirdest building, spaceship, or structure they can imagine.
Ruth Joffre is the author of the story collection Night Beast (Grove Atlantic 2018). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, The Masters Review, Prairie Schooner, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Copper Nickel. Her book reviews have been published in The Rumpus, The Millions, Kenyon Review Online, and Colorado Review. Ruth is the 2020-2021 Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House. She lives in Seattle.
Writers I return to: Kelly Link, N. K. Jemisin, Ted Chiang, Jeff VanderMeer, Alexander Chee, Mary Gaitskill, Lydia Davis, Annie Proulx, Kathy Fish