Teaching Hominins and Horror at Fyrecon 4

I am teaching a load of fun classes at Fyrecon 4 this week. Not to mention, there are loads of artists, authors, game creators, and subject matter experts sharing their passion for storytelling. Come join the virtual convention for an enriching, creative boost!

Online November 12-15 at Fyrecon.com

Here are my courses:


  • 5:00-5:50 Hominins and Stone Tools: Why Your Fictional World Needs a Paleolithic
    Earth’s archaeological record is over 3 million years old, and it wasn’t all produced by Homo sapiens. This course covers a range of topics about prehistoric tech and behavioral evolution you can use to build the cultural origin stories of your fictional world.
  • 7:00-7:50 I Think I Want to Scream: Horror Genre Themes for Beginners
    Let’s talk about how horror developed as a literary genre, what it looks like today, some of the basic characteristics you might include, and some ideas to get you started on your own horror story.


  • 1:00-1:50 Reading: “Tarantella”
  • 4:00-4:50 Write Horror, Love Your Boundaries: Four Dares to Scare and Trust Yourself
    You don’t have to compete with extremes of the horror genre to write stories that push you emotionally and creatively. This course offers tools to help you evaluate story mechanisms and personal sensitivities so you can decide what you’re comfortable exploring and hone your intent.