Hundred-Word Horror Stories
Morgan A. McLaughlin McFarland, MAPW
In this ongoing fiction writing club, students write 100-word horror short stories based on one-line prompts from a professional horror writer.
US Grade 8 - 10
Is your student a fan of the creepy and the macabre? Do they love all things spooky and scary? Do they dream of being the next Stephen King, but could use a little guidance on how to get there? Are you looking for ways to help them improve their writing skills through practice? Join us in this Ongoing horror fiction writing club designed to engage reluctant and experienced writers alike through weekly prompt-based writing activities. Each week, I provide students with one-sentence writing...
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 OfferedThis 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.
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.
Meet the teacher
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...
1x per week
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Completed by 72 learners
Live video meetings
2-8 learners per class