Monday, March 30, 2009

I will be offering short story critiques at Context this year

From the Context website:

Michael Knost: Short Story Critiques

(Friday, Saturday, Sunday TBA)
Editor Michael Knost will be offering individual critiques of dark genre short stories of up to 6,000 words. You must submit your manuscript at least a month before the convention. At the convention, Mr. Knost will meet with you individually to discuss your manuscript; in addition to the discussion, he will give you a written critique of your work. Submission details will be sent to students after they register; students will be scheduled for their 20-minute sessions based on other workshop scheduling. $50. 10 sessions remain.

For more information or to sign up, visit:

I hope to see you there!

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Writers Workshop of Horror

I apologize for not posting anything in a while. I’ve been extremely busy. But I wanted to get out an update on the latest project I’ve been working on.

Writers Workshop of Horror is almost finished and ready to go to the printers!

This is a project I have wanted to do for a long while, and was able to see it through with some of the best writers in the business.

Writers Workshop of Horror is a collection of articles/interviews by/with some of the biggest names in the industry regarding the craft of writing as it pertains to horror and dark fiction genres.

Here’s the Table of Contents:

Elizabeth Massie - Once Upon a Scary Time: Creating Effective Beginnings

Michael Laimo - Middles: The Meat of the Matter

J.G. Gonzalez - The Grand Finale

Gary A. Braunbeck - Connecting the DOTS

Tim Waggoner - And Horror the Soul of the Plot

Scott Nicholson - What’s The Point and Who’s On First: Character POV

Thomas F. Monteleone - “We don’t get too many strangers around here . . . .”
Or: Using Dialogue to Tell Your Story

G. Cameron Fuller - A Claustrophobic Locked in an Isolated Room: The Power of Setting
and Description in Horror Fiction

Rick Hautala - “The Hardest Three” Tone, Style, and Voice

Michael A. Arnzen - Stripping Away the Mask: Scene and Structure in Horror Fiction

Jonathan Maberry - Fight And Action Scenes In Horror

Tom Piccirilli - Exploring Personal Themes

Mort Castle - New Fiction Blend: History, Fantasy, Horror

Jeff Strand - Adding Humor to Your Horror

Joe R. Lansdale - Cross Reading

Brian Keene - Time, and How to Make It

Deborah LeBlanc - A Face By Any Other Name

Ramsey Campbell - The Height of Fear

Michael Knost - The Aha! Moment

Jason Sizemore - Be a Conformist: A Guide to Manuscript Formatting

Lisa Morton - CUT! Or, Why Writing Horror Screenplays is REALLY Scary

Gary Frank - It’s All About the Series: An Interview with F. Paul Wilson

Tim Deal - It’s All About the Work: An Interview with Tom Piccirilli

Michael Knost - It’s All About the Craft: An Interview with Ramsey Campbell

Lucy A. Snyder - It’s All Part of the Fun: An Interview with Clive Barker

Jack M. Haringa - The Agnotology of Horror; or, Lies the Internet Told You

Robert N. Lee - How Stephen King’s Writing Advice Broke My Heart and Smashed My

Brian Yount – Top Ten Things an Editor/Publisher Hates To See

I have to admit—in spite of my involvement—this is one of the best writing books I have ever read. It is 100% focused on the craft itself . . . nothing about marketing, promotions, or submission tips. What you will find is solid advice—from professionals of every publishing level—on how to improve your writing.

I’ll keep you posted on the street date . . .

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