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The Hot New Genre Publishers (and Readers)
Can’t Get Enough Of
Ayn Hunt (On hold until further notice)
Gothic elements are hot right now. Publishers have created special lines for
them, and these books are flying off the shelves. But what exactly are
Gothics? What are Gothic elements? And what publishers are we talking about
here? In this interactive course taught by multi-published Gothic writer Ayn
Hunt learn how to write Gothics, what Gothic elements are, how to use them
in other genres to make your book stand out, and which publishers are
seeking them now.
will learn a brief history of Gothic novels, what current genres have
branched out from them, and how they’ve evolved. A discussion of the
overview of mood and tone of Gothics will be given with an interactive
writing exercise to help get you started. Each completed exercise will then
be critiqued by the instructor, and given back to you with her feedback.
Nuts and Bolts
Point of View, Setting, Location, Gothic details and Gothic elements will be
discussed as well as techniques for heightening suspense. You will have a
writing exercise to practice what you’ve learned. The exercise will be
critiqued by the instructor, and given back to you with her feedback.
How to create the proper mood and
atmosphere using the language of the Gothic will be discussed. Two writing
exercises will be provided to create mood and atmosphere and to incorporate
all that’s been discussed. These exercises will be critiqued by the
instructor and given back to you with her feedback.
We’ll focus on how many characters to use, and what roles they play as well
as how to create them.
You will have a writing exercise that will be critiqued by the instructor,
and given back to you with her feedback.
Villains, Evil Forces and Really Nasty Gothic Ghouls
and Ghouls will be discussed; how to create them and how to use them to
enhance your Gothic. A writing exercise will be given for creating these
dastardly foes and pitting them against your main character.
Adding Final Ingredients and
Stirring the Gothic Brew
A discussion of how to make your Gothic stand out and mixing everything
together. You will be given a writing exercise incorporating all you’ve
learned. This exercise will then be critiqued by instructor and given back
to you with her feedback.
A lecture about converting everything Gothic into other genres will be
addressed and conversely, discussion of how to modify basic elements of
various genres into the Gothic novel. Included will be two writing
exercises which will then be critiqued and returned.
This lecture will focus on specific large and
small publishers who are actively seeking Gothics and Gothic elements in
other genres. URLs and who to contact will also be given. This lecture will
also include an encapsulated wrap-up of everything learned.
By the end of this interactive
class, students will have mastered Gothic elements and the techniques Gothic
writers use to heighten suspense and keep readers turning the pages.
have also learned how to transfer this knowledge into their chosen genre or
if they wish, to start writing their own Gothic novels. In addition, they’ll
have a solid grasp of the evolution of Gothics into many of the modern
genres of today.
About the Facilitator:
Ayn Hunt is a full-time
writer and lifelong Texan who has wanted to write ever since she can remember.
She's the author of three published Gothic Mysteries: Unwilling Killers,
Obsessed and The Haunting. Because she strives for realism in
her books she started researching ghosts several years ago and now has a
nonfiction newsletter about them called Haunted Happenings. In
addition to going out to the several hundred subscribers who request it by e-mail, it
also appears on the website of AnotherRealm.com and GottaWriteNetwork.com,
where Ayn is the Paranormal editor. She also writes freelance articles
which have appeared in various on-line publications such as Neverary.com and
Married for 32 years, she
loves cats, taking long walks and reading everything that crosses her path.
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Duration: 4 weeks
Classes on hold for 2012
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following books are not required purchases for this course, but are
highly recommended by the facilitator.
by Ayn Hunt
At the request of her aging aunt Jessica Moore, a young schoolteacher,
goes undercover to solve the murder of a wealthy industrialist. To do so
effectively, she rents rooms in the murdered man's mansion, which is
reputed to be haunted and which his ancient housekeeper, Mrs. Johnson
has mysteriously inherited. But as Jessica enters, she knows she is
being watched. What she, nor the ancient housekeeper know, however, is
that two men are hiding inside the vast old place, watching Jessica's
arrival and plotting to kill her tonight.
by Ayn Hunt