Horror movie monsters often articulate the cultural anxieties of their time. They have the power to reflect, reinforce, and sometimes resist, prevailing notions of gender, morality, justice and beauty.
Asking what makes a monster scary often tells us a lot about what society fears.
In this generative workshop, Tania De Rozario shares her love of horror films and feminine monstrosity and will show how, as a queer woman, empathizing with female monsters has helped her discover new ways to tell her stories.
This single-session course will focus on helping participants use horror, myth, and monsters to discover news ways to tell their own stories. It will comprise a short warm-up exercise, a 20-minute presentation, 50 minutes of guided writing focusing on persona, and an opportunity to share the writing that was generated during the session.
This class is open to writers of all experience levels, 18 and above. Please note that this session will include mentions of violence, assault and trauma in the context of some of the films that are mentioned. It will also contain still images from horror films that may be distressing for some participants.
Dina Del Bucchia
BC Arts Council
Canada Council for the Arts