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Pen to Print: Not Afraid of the Dark II – Ghost Story Writing for Women


October 1


01:00 pm - 03:00 pm

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Not Afraid of the Dark II: Ghost Story Writing for Women – 5 Week Course with Jacqueline Gabbitas

By booking this first session, you will be signed up to all four remaining sessions on::

  • Friday 8 October
  • Friday 15 October
  • Friday 22 October
  • Friday 29 October

In the 19th Century around 70% of ghost stories published in UK & US magazines were written by women. We might have fewer nowadays, but there are still many women writers embracing the genre.

What is it about the ghost story that was, and still is, so appealing? Are they a way to challenge society’s view of women? To get our voices heard? Or do we just like scaring ourselves?

This course, specifically for women, will look at ghost stories written by women, and explore ways we can bring our experiences and imagination to this chilling form. For writers who missed out last year we’ll be looking at some of the same ideas including what scares us, what is creepypasta, how do we edit for maximum chills, and for those coming back we’ll be delving into some of the themes and tropes of ghost stories such as disembodied voices, creepy children, space and place.

Through exercises, reading published work and peer feedback, we will write new stories and build on and develop our early drafts.

Suitable for adult writers who identify as women and writers at all stages of their careers.

Booking is essential. Pen to Print and our partners reserve the right to remove participants who are found not to have booked a place for this session.

Pen to Print and our partners reserve the right to remove participants who are disruptive to a session.

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