The Horror Writer’s Workshop, Transylvania
The Horror Writer’s Workshop is a week of intensive workshops and lectures combined with visits to some of Transylvania’s most haunted locations. Some writing sessions are devoted to elements of craft, some to critiquing assigned work, and some sessions provide prompts and guided exercises to open up possibilities of new work. Significant time is also set aside for writing. Most afternoons are reserved for individual tutorials and free time to write. While the workshop instructor may include published material as examples of well-crafted writing, focus will be given to your own work.
The Horror Writer’s Workshop, Transylvania provides a space where your writing will be given careful attention and constructive feedback in a mutually respectful environment. Whether you’re a new writer or a published author, you’ll leave the workshop with a polished horror story or that breakthrough you need for a longer piece of work. You’ll also take with you enough inspiration to keep you writing long after the workshop has ended.
Aspiring or published writers of any level are invited to attend so long as you are 18 or older.
All sub-genres of horror as well as other writers interested in learning about the horror genre are welcome.
Come join us in Transylvania! Pe curând!
Sunday, August 7: We recommend that guests fly to Henri Coandă International Airport, Romania which is located 16.5km (10.3mi) northwest of the city of Bucharest. Once all travel arrival times have been confirmed, a shuttle will bring you from a designated meeting point directly to the hotel in Bran. Please be aware that travel time to Bran is approximately three hours. If you are travelling by car, please contact us for details on how to arrive to the hotel from your destination. The hotel does provide parking. In the evening you are invited to a welcome cocktail and traditional Romanian dinner. A brief orientation to the week’s activities will also be presented, but we’ll keep it brief as you’ll probably be weary from your day of travel. You’ll need your mind well-rested for writing!
8.00 – 9.00 Buffet Breakfast
9.00 – 12.00 Lecture
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 17.00 Free time to write & scheduled one-to-one tutorials with Brian Evenson
17.00 – 18:30 Workshop Writing
19.00 – 20.30 Dinner
20.30 Free time / Special Activity TBA
Monday, August 8: Breakfast will be served every morning from 8-9 AM. After breakfast, we’ll jump right into the first lecture / workshop. This will give you a taste of what’s to come and get you writing immediately. We also feel it’s important to get a feel for Transylvania. It is, after all, the setting of this workshop.
Tuesday, August 9: A visit to Bran and Rasnov will provide an explosion of inspiration. Stroll the streets of these historic villages, visit museums, hear the horrifying tales about Rasnov Fortress, do some shopping or just sit and write in one of the many quaint, but haunted cafés. And of course, a visit to Bran Castle is essential. We’ll cover your entrance fee and provide a guided tour, but please note that lunch will not be provided on this day. Both villages have plenty of restaurants, many with a connection to Dracula.
Thursday, August 11: Breakfast will be served at the usual time. A bus will arrive at the hotel at 10 AM to take us to Sighisoara for the day. Sighisoara still stands as one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this perfectly intact 16th century village with nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches rivals the historic streets of Old Prague or Vienna for atmospheric magic. It is also the birthplace of Vlad Ţepeş (Dracula). Dracula’s house is just one of the many attractions here. A walk through the town’s hilly streets with their original medieval architecture, magical mix of winding cobbled alleys, steep stairways, secluded squares, towers, turrets and enchantingly preserved citadel, is like stepping back in time. Guests are responsible for their own meals while in Sighisoara. We recommend having a bite in the house where Dracula was born which is now a restaurant/café.
Saturday, August 13: For our final evening together, the hotel has invited guests to a take part in a traditional bonfire party with traditional Romanian dancing.
Sunday, August 14: A shuttle will be provided to take you from the hotel to Bucharest airport. If you are planning to stay more time in Romania, we are happy to assist you in any travel enquiries you may have.