Fall Craft Intensive: Nova Ren Suma


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HAUNT YOUR FICTION: Writing Ghost Stories with Nova Ren Suma
Sunday, September 17
11 AM – 2 PM PST / 2 PM – 5 PM EST

Consider the kind of story that spreads and gets under the skin, a tale that leaves the listener rapt and fearful and wanting to believe… A good ghost story can make your heart pound and have you questioning what’s real in the most thrilling ways. In this intensive we will dig into the craft tools that can be gained from fiction that features hauntings and apparitions, such as atmosphere and mood, suspense and mystery, tension and the suspension of disbelief. We will talk unreliable narration and the way ghosts can be used in stories of all genres. We will revel in and discuss some ghostly excerpted reading from authors such as Mariana Enríquez, Shirley Jackson, Alice Sola Kim, and Nina LaCour. And we’ll do some generative writing prompts meant to shake up new ideas for paranormal and supernatural fiction. Come ready to write during our session and, perhaps, bravely share one of your eerie creations.

BIO: Nova Ren Suma is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult novels and a two-time Edgar Award finalist. Her novel A Room Away from the Wolves was an Edgar Award finalist and called “shiver-inducingly delicious” by the New York Times. Her other novels include the #1 New York Times bestselling The Walls Around Us as well as Imaginary Girls and more, and she was co-editor of the story & writing craft anthology FORESHADOW: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading & Writing YA. She is a MacDowell fellow and a Yaddo fellow and has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. She’s taught creative writing in the Writing for Children & Young Adults MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Columbia University, and currently at the University of Pennsylvania, and she’s led novel-focused workshops and retreats at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Highlights Foundation, Fine Arts Work Center’s 24PearlStreet online workshop program, the Tin House YA Fiction Workshop, and elsewhere. Her next YA novel is forthcoming from Algonquin YR. For morewww.novaren.com