Mastering The Macabre

Mastering the Macabre is creative writing class dedicated to the art of writing gothic horror fiction. In this course, you’ll learn the tools of the trade to create a suspenseful and terrifying horror short story in 2,000 words or less.


Throughout the course, we’ll read excerpts from Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson, Thomas Harris, and more. The objective of this course is to help you identify the elements of a truly terrifying story so you can conceive and execute it yourself.


Elements taught include: basic storytelling structure, recognizing and executing horror story elements through the use of visualization and extended vocabulary development, and basic editing skills to use in this course and beyond.


Mastering the Macabre is designed to make students feel comfortable in writing thrilling and beautifully rendered gothic prose while also building upon the elements of basic creative storytelling skillset. 

Thursdays beginning April 5th through the 26th : 7p-9

4 sessions: $128

Course taught by Abigail Scheaffer. 

About this teaching artist:


Abigail Sheaffer is the founder and editor-in-chief of Chicago Literati and The Vignette Review. She has been published in Bird's Thumb, Bluestockings, Danse Macabre,  Literary Orphans, Luna Luna Magazine, and more.

To register for Mastering the Macabre 

please email or call us. Space is limited. 

The Republic of Letters NFP

RoL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

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