Writing Dread: Horror From The First Sentence
The chill down your spine. The shiver that makes you turn the extra light on while you read. Our favorite horror authors know how to create dread from the first page. In this class, we will explore how to replicate that feeling in our own work, on a sentence level and beyond. Authors discussed may include Carmen Maria Machado, Shirley Jackson, Stephen Graham Jones, Yoko Ogawa, and Octavia Butler.
Annesha Mitha is a graduate of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. Her work is published or forthcoming in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, American Short Fiction, Catapult, The Margins, and The Offing. She has received fellowships from The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Kundiman, and Storyknife Writers Retreat. She currently works as a counsellor with Crisis Text Line and a content writer with the Bengali Mental Health Movement. She lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan with a hound named Flower.