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Join four-time Bram Stoker Award-winner

Lee Murray for a workshop on infusing horror and suspense into your writing, covering what makes a scary story, developing the tale’s emotional core, conjuring monsters and villains, atmosphere and setting, as well as pacing, style, and language. Don’t be afraid. Spattered with examples and exercises, with time set aside for questions, this session is perfect for both emerging and established writers. 

The workshop costs $25 and includes morning tea. Registration required.

The Trust Waikato Building is on Little London Lane, off London Street, Hamilton. The Trust has a sizable carpark and there is lots of parking outside and close by.

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Lee Murray is an author, editor, poet, essayist, and screenwriter from Aotearoa. A USA Today Bestselling author with close to 40 titles to her credit, Lee is the winner of multiple Sir Julius Vogel, Australian Shadows, and Bram Stoker Awards, and is her country’s only recipient of the Shirley Jackson Award for psychological horror. Titles by Lee include military thriller series, the Taine McKenna Adventures, supernatural crime-noir trilogy The Path of Ra (with Dan Rabarts), and short fiction collection, Grotesque: Monster Stories. She is the editor of twenty-one anthologies, among them Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women with Geneve Flynn (RDSP), Unquiet Spirits: Essays by Asian Women in Horror with Angela Yuriko Smith, and forthcoming women in horror poetry collection Under Her Eye with Lindy Ryan (BSB). Other works include non-fiction title Mark My Words: Read the Submission Guidelines and Other Self-editing Tips (with Angela Yuriko Smith), and several books for children. Lee’s short stories and poems have appeared in prestigious venues such as Weird Tales, Space &Time, and Grimdark Magazine. She is a Rhysling- and Pushcart-nominated poet, and an Elgin Award runner up. Her poem “Cheongsam” won her the 2021 Australian Shadows Award,  and her prose poetry manuscript Fox Spirit on a Distant Cloud won the 2023 NZSA Laura Solomon Cuba Press Prize and is forthcoming from The Cuba Press. A manuscript assessor, international literary judge, conference panellist and guest of honour, Lee is a former HWA Mentor of the Year, NZSA Honorary Literary Fellow, and a Grimshaw Sargeson Fellow. 

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