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Off Campus Writers' Workshop - OCWW

Sara Connell - Every Story is a Ghost Story

  • October 31, 2019
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka IL


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We think of ghost stories as part of the horror genre but ghosts have been the fulcrum of stories and novels across genres for centuries. In this workshop, we'll explore: 

  • Why ghosts are so popular now and also timeless in story 
  • Best ghost story "moves" from urban myths, the Victorians and contemporary fiction 
  • The ghosts of past failures or feelings that haunt us and interfere with our writing

Participants will receive examples, worksheets and a toolbox of ghost story moves to bring into their fiction and non-fiction work! 

Bonus! Flash Fiction Ghost Story Contest: Members, please submit your (up to 500 word, double-spaced flash fiction in Times New Roman 12 pt in a Word document) flash ghost story to by 12 noon on October 17, and Sara will select the winners. The top three to be published in the OCWW Newsletter. She will also read the winning story at her session.

Sara Connell is an author and writing coach with a private practice in Chicago. She has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The View, FOX Chicago, NPR, and Katie Couric. Her writing has appeared in: The New York TimesGood Housekeeping, Parenting, Tri-Quarterly, IO Literary Journal, Schlock, Psychobabble and The Bangelore Review. Her first book Bringing In Finn was nominated for ELLE magazine Book of the Year. 

9-9:30 Registration and Socializing 

9:30-12 Program 

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