Guided by an award-winning horror writer and development producer, learn how to create a strong protagonist & shape a compelling story, develop conflict & suspense, identify an engaging world for the story, & keep the tension up until the very end!

Dates:
Sep 19, 2024 - Sep 19, 2024

Levels: All
Workshop Fee: $155
Workshop Duration: 3 hours (Thursday, 4-7pm ET)
Workshop Location: Online
Class Size: 15

Note: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom platform.
Class meets on Thursday, Apr 18 from 4-7pm ET.

Elisabeth Moss as Cecilia Kass in “The Invisible Man,” written and directed by Leigh Whannell.

Guided by an award-winning writer and development producer experienced in creating and developing pilots and features for high-concept horror and post-apocalyptic stories, explore the unique demands and dynamics of this genre.  Learn how to create a strong protagonist and shape a compelling story, develop conflict and suspense, identify an engaging world for the story, and keep the tension up until the very end.  You’ll also examine the development of supporting characters and subplots, the different tools you can use to scare your audience, and how the genre can accommodate the exploration of interesting themes.  

We’ll consider how the horror form makes us face fears that not only tell us so much about ourselves but can also reflect the most current issues of our society

Annabelle Wallis stars as Madison, a woman tormented by visions of a serial killer, in the original horror thriller “Malignant,” directed by James Wan.(Ron Batzdorff / Warner Bros. Pictures)

While chiefly focused on creating horror for film and TV, the dynamics explored also resonate with novelists, writers, and creators working in other mediums.  The session will also consider the practical aspects of selling or pitching a story or script within the industry.

Leave with a new perspective on creating and developing projects for this constantly expanding market.

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Instructor: Alice Rosso

Alice Rosso is an award-winning writer and development producer who has been working in the UK and US television industry for the past seven years. She has developed projects for AMC, Pulse Films, Antoncorp, Netflix, and many more. She was in the writers' room of AMC's GANGS OF LONDON (Season Two) and her original series, THE PEAK, has been optioned by Sony's Eleven (producers of the Netflix series SEX EDUCATION).  She has also recently been commissioned to write a feature folk horror film by Good Gate Media. Alice has developed an extensive portfolio of genre pilots and features, with a focus on high-concept horror and post-apocalyptic stories led by strong female protagonists.