CU offering new horror writing class at the Stanley Hotel

9NEWS @ 5. 10/25/2016

ESTES PARK, COLO. - What better place to learn to write horror fiction - than in the Stanley Hotel? A hotel with a haunted history so scary it inspired Stephen King's novel "The Shining."

The University of Colorado is now offering an advanced horror fiction writing course at the Stanley in January.

The hybrid course begins on January third and ends on the 27th.

"It's a chance to teach horror and learn horror from my students, that's the best kind of teaching when the students are telling me about stuff that i had no idea about," the course professor, Stephen Graham Jones, said.

Jones is a professor of english at CU-Boulder.

"I teach horror in my fiction writing course anyways, and people on the campus know I do horror," Jones said. "So it was a natural fit when they needed someone to do a wintermester and came to me and said 'how would you like to teach horror?' I jumped on it. I've been looking for any excuse to teach horror ever since I've been teaching for 15 - 16 years."

The horror fiction writing class is a hybrid course consisting of two weeks of online work and one week in residence at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. Jones said Stephen King, and his novel "The Shining," will be incorporated into the course. 

"Stephen King gave the world horror so we're going to be looking at how he manipulates us into a scared place," he said. 

Jones hopes the haunted hotel will inspire his students to write some of their scariest work.

"Lots of scary stuff, lots of long halls, lots of lights out - I hope, lots of nights where the students don't want to turn their lights out hopefully, lots of nights where the people they write to don't want to turn their lights out," said Jones when asked what's ahead for the course.

The class costs $3,250 and that includes tuition, a room at the Stanley Hotel, continental breakfasts and boxed lunches.

Students interested in taking the course should apply by the deadline, October 31, but applications will be accepted through December 6. You can click here for more information about the application process.

The writing course at the Stanley is just one of three being offered during the new winter session.

Another course, Human and Wild Animals, focuses on studying animal behavior in Keenesburg, Jamestown and Estes Park.

The other, Mountain Meteorology, will allow students to investigate how mountains help control the weather and climate through an outside lab experience in Boulder and Steamboat.

The three courses are the first to be offered during the new wintermester, but there could be even more by the next winter session.

"Each course is unique and speaks to students' diverse interests. It's exciting to see how much enthusiasm has built around each one. We are looking forward to adding more courses to Winter Session in 2018," Jennifer Burnham, CU's special programs manager for the Division of Continuing Education said.

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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