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Interview with Horror University instructor Gretchen McNeil

Number five in our series of StokerCon 2017 Horror University instructor interviews is all about bestselling author Gretchen McNeil!

Gretchen McNeil: Character-Driven Plotting and the 3-Act Horror Novel  

Have you read Save the Cat? Have you poured over Story? Can you quote passages from The Hero With a Thousand Faces, The Writer’s Journey, and Story Engineering? Are you looking for a new approach to plot? If your answer to these questions is “YES” then Gretchen McNeil would love to introduce you to Constantin Stanislavski. Known as the godfather of modern acting techniques, Stanislavski’s approach to character

Interview with Horror University instructor Jonathan Maberry

Here is our fourth interview with one of StokerCon 2017 Horror University instructors. This time it’s bestselling author Jonathan Maberry!

Jonathan Maberry: Act Like a Writer  

The writer is the brand. The writer is the face and voice of his/her business. Successful writers know how to create a brand that both sells their product but also protects their privacy. Act Like A Writer is one of NY Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry’s most successful programs. It teaches writers –however reclusive or introverted they might be– how to create the public version of themselves so that their careers have a winning and

Interview with Horror University instructor Kate Maruyama

Here’s the third installment in our series of interviews with StokerCon 2017’s Horror University instructors. Thank you, Kate Maruyama!

Kate Maruyama: Tension & Scene: The Basics of a Uniquely Terrifying Screenplay

Crash course in two hours: How to up the ante for your screenplay to get it noticed. The gatekeepers of Hollywood, the ones who decide if your script meets the eyes of a producer or executive or an actor, all read thousands of scripts for a living. And they are tired and they have seen it all. This two hour class will focus on the elements of scene, character, …

Interview with Horror University instructor Johnny Worthen

Here’s the second of our interviews with StokerCon 2017’s Horror University instructors. Take it away, Johnny Worthen!

Johnny Worthen: Mistakes Were Made

Concrete advice on tightening your writing from an editor, author and student of the craft. We’ll concentrate on specific issues and hot buttons. See what doesn’t work. See how to fix it. From passive voice to head-hopping to adverbs and scaffolding, a dense class in modern style to please editors, readers and writers.

Johnny Worthen grew up in the high desert snows and warm summer winds of the Wasatch Mountains. He graduated with a B.A. in English, minor …

Interview with Horror University instructor Patrick Freivald

This is the first in a series of interviews with our StokerCon 2017 Horror University instructors. At Horror University, you’ll find award-winning and best-selling authors offering intensive two-hour workshops on all aspects of horror writing.

Today we’re talking with multiple Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author Patrick Freivald about his Saying More With Less workshop.

About Saying More With Less:

Writing styles are as varied as writers themselves, but a common complaint among editors and publishers of horror fiction is that writers use too many words to say what they mean to say. This interactive workshop will focus on squeezing every

The Scholarship From Hell Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winner of The Scholarship From Hell! First place winner Billicent James San Juan will receive domestic coach airfare (contiguous 48 states) to and from Long Beach, a four-night stay on the Queen Mary, free registration to StokerCon2017 and as many Horror University workshops as she’d like to attend.

Second runner up Lisa Blair Kroger will receive a convention membership generously donated by Tim Waggoner, registration to Tim’s Horror University class and one more Horror University class of her choice.

Third runner up Garrett Johnson will receive a convention membership and one Horror University class of his choice.…

Horror Writers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

2016 Lifetime Achievement Award – Dennis Etchison and Thomas F. Monteleone

Long Beach, CA, March 17, 2017

The Horror Writers Association announces two Lifetime Achievement Award winners for 2016. Dennis Etchison and Thomas F. Monteleone will both be on hand to accept their awards at StokerCon 2017 held April 27th-30th on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. Both recipients have provided many years of dedicated commitment to HWA and the writing and publishing industry.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized by my peers,” Mr. Etchison, a former President of HWA, commented when informed he had …

Horror Writers Association’s Mentor of the Year Award Winner

2016 Mentor of the Year Award – Linda Addison

 

Long Beach, CA, March 7, 2017

The Horror Writers Association announces Linda Addison as winner of the 2016 Mentor of the Year Award. Addison is a distinguished poet and writer and will receive the award at StokerCon 2017 held on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. “What a wonderful surprise,” Addison stated upon notification of the award. “I have always enjoyed sharing what I know with others.”

HWA presents the Mentor of the Year Award in recognition of a member who distinguishes herself in helping mentees, while serving in …

Horror Writers Association’s Silver Hammer Award Winner

2016 Silver Hammer Award – James Chambers

 

Long Beach, CA, March 7, 2017

The Horror Writers Association announces James Chambers as the 2016 Silver Hammer Award recipient. Chambers will receive the award at StokerCon 2017 held on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. “I enjoy the work I do for the HWA,” Chambers commented, “and I appreciate the opportunity to pitch in and help out the group and other writers.”

HWA presents the Silver Hammer Award in recognition of extraordinary volunteerism by a member who dedicates valuable time and effort to the organization. The award is determined by …

The Scholarship From Hell taking applications

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Horror Writers Association Sponsors Scholarship

Study with Celebrity Authors– Horror University

 

Long Beach, CA, March 3, 2017

The Horror Writers Association announces the 2017 Horror University Scholarship. The Scholarship from Hell is offered by the HWA and puts the recipient through an intensive, hands-on workshop offered through Horror University.  

This year’s Horror University will take place during StokerCon2017 aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA, from April 27-30. The winner of the Scholarship from Hell will receive domestic coach airfare (contiguous 48 states) to and from Long Beach, a four-night stay on the Queen

2016 Specialty Press Award Winner – Omnium Gatherum

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Horror Writers Association’s 2016 Specialty Press Award

Omnium Gatherum – Kate Jonez

 

Long Beach, CA, March 1, 2017

The Horror Writers Association proudly announces Omnium Gatherum as the recipient of the 2016 Specialty Press Award. Each year the HWA recognizes the accomplishments of a noteworthy small press. The Specialty Press Award brings recognition to an outstanding publisher of horror, dark fantasy, and weird fiction.This year’s Specialty Press award will be presented during StokerCon2017 aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA, from April 27-30.

Omnium Gatherum means “this” and “that” in Latin. The publisher released its

Women in Horror Month Interview – Charlee Jacob

February is Women in Horror Month! The HWA is celebrating by posting interviews with award-winning authors. Following is an interview with Charlee Jacob, who won for Novel in 2005 (Dread in the Beast), Poetry Collection in 2005 (Sineater), Poetry Collection in 2007 (VECTORS: A Week in the Death of a Planet, co-written with Marge Simon), and Poetry Collection in 2013 (Four Elements, co-written with Linda Addison, Rain Graves, and Marge Simon).

Special thanks by Sanda Jelcic and Alessandro Manzetti for conducting this interview.

 

Tell us a little about your Bram Stoker Award-winning …

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