Horror University is one of the most successful and popular aspects of StokerCon™. We are proud to present another great series of workshops for StokerCon™ 2021. Horror University furthers the Horror Writers Association’s focus on education with a curriculum run by some of the best and brightest in the horror field.

HORROR UNIVERSITY offers a series of 90 minute to two-hour workshops. They are not your typical workshop experiences—they are hands-on, intensive classes that include interactive activities and exercises. Workshop registration will open April 12. Workshops for this year’s Horror University will be virtual, part of Horror University Online. All HU courses will be run through the Horror University School on Teachable.com and require separate registration and additional payment as has been the practice at all past StokerCons.

All workshops are in Eastern Standard Time. Click the workshop titles in the table below for more detailed information about each workshop and instructor. Pricing is provided below.

The Art of the Pitch: 2 Verbal, 2 WrittenThis workshop is all about the pitches you will need as a writer.Jennifer BrozekThursday, May 20, 5 p.m. EST
Bang, Splat: Writing Action & Violence!Writing realistic action and violence in a literary context.Teel James GlennFriday, May 21, 10 A.M. EST
Breathe New Life Into Old Books: 3 Simple Steps To Rebranding SuccessResurrect the life, and sales, of the book you love with 3 easy rebranding techniques.Lynne HansenFriday, May 21, 1 P.M. EST
Crossing Genre LinesJonathan Maberry shares trade secrets for how to successfully crossing genres.Jonathan MaberrySaturday, May 22, 3 P.M. EST
Interviewing 101: How to Be InterviewedMaster the art of being interviewed to promote your writing.Randee DawnSaturday, May 22, 10 A.M. EST
Manuscript MagicPractical tips and strategies for polishing and presenting your manuscript.Lee Murray and Angela Yuriko SmithThursday, May 20, 3 P.M. EST
Poetry Forms for All WritersA workshop to play with the different poetry forms to use less words to say more.Linda AddisonFriday, May 21, 5 P.M. EST
Research and Write Horror Non-FictionReview types of non-fiction, non-fiction venues, and the non-fiction process.Kevin WetmoreSaturday, May 22, 1 P.M. EST
The Uncanny and the Abject: Applying Psychology to Your Fiction Unravel psychological theories to trigger revulsion or conjure dread.Michael ArnzenSaturday, May 22, 5 P.M. EST
What I’d Wish I’d Known When Starting Out in HorrorA veteran horror writer shares what he wishes he’d known when starting his career.Tim WaggonerFriday, May 21, 3 P.M. EST


One course
  • $55/HWA member or registered StokerCon 2021 attendee
  • $65/non-member

*Four sessions:

  • $200/HWA member or registered StokerCon 2021 attendee
  • $240/non-member

*Eight sessions:

  • $360/HWA member or registered StokerCon 2021 attendee
  • $440/non-member

Horror University remains open for proposals! Although we are no longer considering workshops for StokerCon 2021, we are planning additional HU Online sessions for later in 2021 and would be interested in considering proposal for workshops for those sessions. If If you are interested in offering a workshop at StokerCon 2021, please use the form here to submit your idea. Workshop spaces for all sessions are limited, and HU Online strives to provide a workshop selection that serves the need of HWA members and horror writers in general.