Description of Class
We are all haunted in different ways. Ghosts are not only spirits from another realm, ghosts can be, as Steven says in the Netflix remake of The Haunting of Hill House, “a lot of things: a memory, a daydream, a secret, grief, anger, guilt.” These things are also at the heart of memoir.
Traditionally limited to fiction, ghosts and ghost stories are now finding their place in nonfiction and memoir. Bruce Owens Grimm, author of essays that incorporate ghosts and other supernatural elements, will lead a workshop that examines the different ways ghosts can haunt us in our everyday lives and how to incorporate them into memoir.
In this single-session course, participants will study recently published essays that incorporate ghost stories into their structure, discuss how the pieces define ghosts, and how the elements of a ghost story help to tell a larger story about the writer’s life. We will then discuss how those things can be applied to our own writing and practice writing scenes that incorporate those things, along with other literary devices that assist us in telling our larger, haunted story. Participants are welcome to bring projects in progress.