Reading and Writing the Classic Ghost Story 

Facilitator:    Marc Salkin, 226-5660, msalkin5@hotmail.com                                          Dates:           Fridays, September 18 - November 6, 2015 Time:             9:30 AM - 11:30 AM                                 Text:              None                                      Presentations: Required

A preoccupation with ghosts and spirits of the departed haunts human history. In addition, we continue to seek out opportunities to be frightened while remaining safe and secure.

The "classic" or "literary" ghost story seeks to shake more than shock. Such stories combine skillful writing, vivid imagination, and unsettling themes to create an aesthetic of fear and wonder. While we often think of male authors dominating this genre, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Edith Wharton, and Elizabeth Bowen are just a few of the outstanding women writers who have created some of the most memorable tales within this tradition.

In our class we'll look at ghosts in a cross-cultural context before becoming acquainted with some of the finest ghost stories ever written in English, while trying our hand at writing spooky stories of our
own. Both viewing and listening to recent adaptations of several especially brilliant stories will round out our experience. There will be many opportunities for class discussion personal research and, of course, writing. So, please
--don't be afraid--our main goal will be to have a frightfully good time!