4 Monthly Sessions Thursdays, 6:00 pm EST - 7:30 pm EST January 12 to April 6, 2023
Online via Zoom
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1/12, 2/9, 3/9, 4/6
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Gothic novels often deal with the supernatural, but a powerful tradition of female writers have long employed the genre to explore the terrors and anxieties of the real world. Early examples—such as Ann Radcliffe, Mary Shelley, and Charlotte Brontë—dealt with dark themes including trauma and domestic abuse, tyrannical family and madness. This subgenre of Gothic fiction holds up a mirror that reflects the darkness of the world and the fragility of our bonds with each other.
The authors we read in this course continue that tradition, using tropes of Gothic horror to explore contemporary fears and anxieties. The Gothic tradition exposes the rot beneath grand surfaces—revealing there’s as much terror to be found in a gentrifying neighborhood as in a decaying mansion—and probes the toxic power of family secrets. This diverse group of authors asks who we can trust—and if we can even trust ourselves.
Hilary Davidson is an award-winning novelist and journalist. She is the author of two mystery series, one featuring amateur sleuth Lily Moore (The Damage Done, The Next One to Fall, and Evil in All Its Disguises), and the other featuring police detective Sheryn Sterling (One Small Sacrifice and Don’t Look Down). Hilary is also the author of two standalone novels (Her Last Breath and Blood Always Tells), a short-story collection (The Black Widow Club), and some fifty short stories, which have appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Thuglit, Mystery Scene, Beat to a Pulp, and other publications. Her fiction has won two Anthony Awards and a Derringer Award and has been translated into French, German, Russian, Polish, and Hungarian.
As a journalist, she is the author of 18 nonfiction books and has published work in a wide range of venues including American Archaeology, CNN, Discover, Frommer’s, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Reader’s Digest. Originally from Toronto, she has lived in New York City since October 2001.
About this series
Whether you’re looking to catch up on great novels or you’re interested in exploring a new writer or literary period, our reading groups offer high-level literary discussion led by experts in the field.
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10 Sessions Thursdays, 6:30 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST December 15, 2022 to June 22, 2023
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Monday, 6:30 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST December 19, 2022
Members Only: The LiterariansFree
Wednesday, 12:30 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST December 21, 2022
Writing the Anthropocene with Madeleine Watts$495
Once a week Thursdays, 6:00 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST January 5 to February 23, 2023
Voice vs. Narrative with Charles Bock$395
Once a week Fridays, 6:00 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST January 6 to February 10, 2023
School Days with Anne Fernald
4 Monthly Sessions Mondays, 6:00 pm EST - 7:30 pm EST January 9 to April 17, 2023
The Promise with Elizabeth Howard
Every Other Week Tuesdays, 6:30 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST January 10 to February 21, 2023
Beware the Adjective: A Series on Revision with Makenna Goodman$295
Once a week Tuesdays, 7:00 pm EST - 9:00 pm EST January 10 to January 31, 2023
The Novel Clinic with Keisha Bush$595
Once a week Wednesdays, 7:00 pm EST - 9:00 pm EST January 11 to March 22, 2023
From Ellison to Atlanta: Afro Surrealism as Resistance with Alcy Leyva$395
Once a week Wednesdays, 6:00 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST January 11 to February 15, 2023
Closer to the Truth: Translating Memory Into Fiction with Debra Jo Immergut$395
Once a week Thursdays, 6:00 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST January 12 to February 16, 2023
Choosing Our Lens: Using Character to Determine Point of View with Erin Swan$295
Once a week Saturdays, 12:00 pm EST - 2:00 pm EST January 14 to February 4, 2023
Diverse Thrillers with Jennifer Baker
4 Monthly Sessions Sundays, 12:00 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST January 15 to April 16, 2023
On Writing Grief with Diane Zinna$495
Once a week Tuesdays, 7:00 pm EST - 9:00 pm EST January 24 to March 14, 2023
How to Write a Memorable Personal Essay with Christina Santi$395
Once a week Mondays, 6:00 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST January 30 to March 6, 2023
Making Time: A Generative Short Story Course with Kate Milliken$395
Once a week Mondays, 6:30 pm EST - 8:30 pm EST February 6 to March 13, 2023
Our First Gods: Writing Our Parents with Joe Wilkins$125
Sunday, 3:00 pm EST - 7:30 pm EST February 12, 2023