SESSION 3: Writing Workshop with Alex Gonzalez: Horror 101

SESSION 3: Writing Workshop with Alex Gonzalez: Horror 101

May 18th 2023 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This is the third session of a four-part writing workshop. 

This workshop will meet on the following Thursdays: May 4, 11, 18, 25 from 7-9 PM ET. Over those 4 weeks, participants will read a number of stories from various subgenres with the intent to identify tools and techniques used by the author. Implementing lessons and notes from class, students will workshop one story they’re passionate about over the duration of the course. At the end you’re going to have a story you’re proud of, but also you will have had a little tapas of what horror can be. Welcome to the fold!!


Week Three: The Villain’s Perspective and Your Character’s Agency

We’ll workshop your pieces again. We’ll discuss the importance of the villain’s perspective and how nailing it down can make the conflict clearer. We’ll also go over agency and what it means for your character being agentic vs. passive.

Readings: "The Cabbit" by Maria Dong, "No Matter Which Way They Turned" by Brian Evenson, and "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" by Joyce Carol Oates.

Write: The third draft of your story!


Alex Gonzalez is a WGA screenwriter, author, and instructor. He teaches fiction writing at various platforms and teaches MFA level screenwriting at Long Island University. He is one of the creators of PoC satire site Flexx Magazine, horror-zine youarenotalone, and has been published in various magazines and anthologies, with his novel Land Shark debuting in 2020. He has been a consultant on novels, treatments, and screenplays. His feature script Negative Space is currently in development with Extra A Productions (The Giant, Little Woods) and his second novel is on submission through FinePrint Lit.

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