Hundred-Word Horror Stories

Morgan A. McLaughlin McFarland, MAPW
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(465)
In this ongoing fiction writing club, students write 100-word horror short stories based on one-line prompts from a professional horror writer.

Class Experience

US Grade 8 - 10
Students will engage in regular horror writing practice to improve their command of written language and strive towards mastery of the horror genre. Writing from multiple prompts in rapid succession helps generate story ideas that can be developed into longer works. 
I have been writing and publishing horror for nearly 18 years, including short fiction works and content for horror tabletop roleplaying games. I have mentored young writers entering the horror writing industry, many of whom I have watched develop into successful, productive writers paid to work within the genre. I have taught additional writing classes on Outschool that deal with horror, apocalyptic, and dystopian fiction since January of 2019. 
Homework Offered
This class does not have any required homework. Students are encouraged to write additional short fiction based on weekly prompts and share them to the weekly share post in the classroom.
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
0Students should have access to a word processing program (such as Word or Google Docs) or have a notebook/paper and writing implements ready at the beginning of class. I encourage the use of a word processing program for ease of sharing. 
Content of prompts will be age-appropriate, and students will be reminded each week to warn for any gory or disturbing content, but experience has shown me that even benign prompts sometimes result in intense writing that may contain gore or other frightening elements. Please be realistic in your assessment of your learner's comfort level with horror. 

As with any horror writing class, parents should be aware that some students find certain content more frightening or disturbing. If your student has particular fears or phobias, I encouraged you to reach out to me with them and I will avoid those topics in prompts. I cannot guarantee that students in the class won't touch on these topics in their writing, however, so please be available to provide support to your student as needed. 

Submitting plagiarized or AI-generated/enhanced work will not be tolerated. Work should be original and written exclusively by the learner. 

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Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(465)
I teach creative writing, gaming, and popular culture to learners from age 8 through high school. 

In my classes, young writers learn to develop characters, to craft a well-structured narrative, and to hone their descriptive language skills. New... 
Group Class


1x per week
60 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(9)
Completed by 72 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 13-16
2-8 learners per class

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