Writing the "New Weird" Story
The “new weird” is an emerging genre that bridges literary and supernatural/horror writing, creating disquieting, often fantastic, tales in settings that are eerily close to the real world. New weird stories often rely on existential and physical fear, in which footsteps following you down an alley might turn out to be your own, or the world might reorder itself ever so slightly when you glance away. In this course, explore the history of the new weird and the writers publishing in the genre today. Then, try your hand at writing your own new weird short story. The first five classes focus on readings, discussions, and exercises, while the last three sessions expand into a workshop on your own and your classmates’ stories, written in response to readings and prompts. We start by looking at Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka, and Daphne du Maurier, and then move to contemporary writers such as Jeff VanderMeer, Karin Tidbeck, Kathe Koja, and China Miéville, before examining what the writers in the class create in response.
You'll Walk Away with
- Familiarity with the “new weird” genre
- Your own new weird short story, with feedback on it from your peers and the instructor
- Writers of all levels
- The curious and creative