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Horror and the Formula of Violence with Gabino Iglesias

Date(s): Saturday, October 23, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Craft Class
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Horror, Thriller
Cost: $49 Regular, $29 Student

About the Class

In this workshop we will work on bringing together elements of horror, noir, and the supernatural while learning to use violence as a tool. We will explore the role of empathy through characterization, which means we'll discuss positionality, Otherness, physicality, and other core elements of great character development and how they fit into horror narratives.

We will talk about the explosive, messy nature of violence and how to pace it to serve our narrative while also looking at some of the subgenres of horror and their relations/expectations in terms of violence.

Finally, we will deconstruct the formula of violence to see how horror thrives when we rearrange it to explore new territory and shatter readers' expectations. Students will identify a type of violence they would like to explore and then develop the plot of narrative using those elements. Ultimately, the core purpose of the workshop is to make writers think about how the many types of violence out there can drive their horror and maximize the emotional impact of their stories.

Meet Your Instructor

Gabino Iglesias is a writer, professor, and literary critic. He is the author of ZERO SAINTS and COYOTE SONGS and the editor of BOTH SIDES. He has been nominated to the Bram Stoker Award, Locus Award, and won the Wonderland Book Award. His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, LitReactor, and elsewhere. His reviews appear in NPR, Publishers Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe, Locus Magazine, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and other places.

About the Piper Writers Studio

The Piper Writers Studio is committed to supporting writers in every stage of their development by providing challenging, diverse, and accessible educational opportunities. All classes are not-for-credit, and are intended for an open to the public. You do not need to be an ASU student to attend. Writers of all backgrounds, genres, and experience levels are welcome. Discounts for students, senior citizens, individuals experiencing economic challenges, and other groups are available for every class. To learn more about the Piper Writer Studio, visit our website at