“It’s a horror writer’s dream to visit not just Transylvania, but Romania. The country is steeped in so much legend and lore, it’s sure to feed your imagination and leave its mark on you for a lifetime. The country, as a whole, is the ultimate destination for anyone who writes dark fiction,” says HWWT Director and President of Writers & Publishers International Tausha Johnson.
We invite you to join all writers on an adventure to some of Transylvania’s most haunted locations. The Horror Writer’s Workshop is held in Bran, in the shadow of Dracula’s Castle, with the mission of bringing together writers and publishers around the globe.
A week of intensive workshops will be combined with tours in the surrounding areas to gather inspiration as well as significant free time to write. The focus will be given to your own work, for which you will receive constructive feedback after careful consideration. You will be able to write on a land filled with legends and myths, the workshop taking place in the Carpathian Mountains, Bran being the crossing gate between Transylvania and Wallachia.
More about the location: Transylvania is a historical region in the central part of Romania. You’ve read about it in Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula,” whose castle in only 6 km away from “Mama Cozonacilor”, the family-run hotel that overlooks the picturesque Simon Village in Bran. The serenity and breathtaking views provide the ideal conditions to calm the mind and inspire writing.
More about the event: The Horror Writer’s Workshop is honored to have as guest instructor for 2015 writer Richard Thomas, the neo-noir author of Disintegration, Transubstantiate, Herniated Roots, Staring into the Abyss, and Four Corners, with over 100 stories published in top-notch magazines and anthologies. The workshop will take place from July 16 -23, 2015, the summer days being only one of the pieces putting together a productive writing week.
More about the Legend: Transylvania is the mysterious land that is home to Bran Castle, often referred to as Dracula’s Castle due to its location in the foggy mountains. The legend tells that it was the home of the vampire Vlad the Impaler. Romanians know Vlad the Impaler as the three times Voivode of Wallahia, yet he was renowned for his intolerance and cruelty. The legend also tells how in order to consolidate his power, he invited hundreds of boyars to a banquet to quell the unending conflicts going between them, then had them stabbed and their still-twitching bodies impaled on spikes.
We dare you all to find the line between fiction and reality, to decide where you draw your inspiration from and let your creativity flow. The Horror Writer’s Workshop in Transylvania will await all dark fiction enthusiasts starting July 16th to 23rd.
For more details check: http://www.workshopwriters.com/