The ghost story is one of the oldest and most powerful literary traditions—with the earliest depiction of a ghost dating back to a stone tablet from 1500 B.C.E. Babylon. What gives such stories such a powerful hold on readers? And what separates the successful ghost story that lingers in the readers' minds from one that merely features rattling chains and bumps in the night? In this course, we will explore a very brief history of the ghost story, discuss its conventions (and how writers have resisted such conventions), and practice writing micro-scenes that might serve for the start of your own work within this esteemed genre. This course will be useful for writers of any genre, but especially writers of short horror fiction.
Prerequisites: For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.