Date and Time Details: Begins at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4 with an optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press; ends on Sunday, October 8, with lunch.

  • $1,495.00 – Program Price

Books With Bite Workshop And Retreat: Writing Horror And Haunted Novels 2017

With Micol Ostow and Nova Ren Suma

October 4 - 8, 2017

In this unique four-day workshop, you will have your work critiqued, produce new pages, and come away with solid direction for your novel.

Horror and heart-pounding suspense… Ghost stories and serial killers…Psychological thrillers, Gothic tales, dark magical realism, and the occult. Dark and twisty kidlit has enjoyed a recent revival. If you’re writing a young adult or middle grade novel that touches on any frightening or chilling subject matter, either realistic or fantastical, we can help you shape it into something un-put-down-able. (We promise!)

In this unique four-day workshop, you will have your work critiqued, produce new pages, and come away with solid direction for your novel.

Join acclaimed authors and experienced writing teachers Nova Ren Suma and Micol Ostow for a chance to workshop a section of your novel, refine your idea, discuss craft issues specific to writing horror, and gain inspiration to keep moving forward.

All you’ll need for this workshop is an idea and your opening (20–40 pages). We will have one large workshop for group critiques to discuss a section from your novel in an honest, supportive environment co-led by the faculty. We will have craft lectures, prompts for freewriting, open discussions on topics of your choosing, opportunities for you to share your work in a reading, a possible special guest speaker, and of course retreat time to write.

In workshop, each writer will have up to 20 pages discussed with the group. Each writer will also be paired with a faculty mentor for an in-depth, one-on-one meeting, where you will have the opportunity to share an additional 20 pages of your novel (40 pages total). Your faculty mentor will provide a detailed edit letter, giving you guidance to help you complete your draft.

About the Leaders

Micol Ostow

Micol Ostow

Micol Ostow has been writing professionally since 2004, and in that time has written and/or ghostwritten over 40 works for young readers. She received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has taught various sold-out YA and MG writing courses through and at Miami Dade […]

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Nova Ren Suma

Nova Ren Suma

Nova Ren Suma writes dark psychological suspense, magical realism, and ghost stories. She is the author of four novels, including the YA novels Imaginary Girls, 17 & Gone, and The Walls Around Us, a ghostly story of suspense that was named the #1 Kids’ Indie Next Pick for Spring 2015 and a Best Book of 2015 byThe Boston Globe, […]

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