Looks like I’ll be flying up to Oregon for the inaugural West Coast Haunters Convention May 21-23 in Salem. I’ll be teaching a class on haunted backstory writing, which you can find examples I’ve done on my Web site by clicking here! Here’s the class description:
Haunting Your Haunt: Backstories to add life to your living dead
Dana Martin is a writer
living in Bakersfield, Calif., who started creating haunted backstories
as a favor for a friend. Though a feature writer by trade, Dana gained experience in the art of description while writing romance for various publications and discovered that the only difference between romance and horror writing is word choice. Dana will present a class on creating backstories for your haunt. She will speak specifically about using backstories as marketing tools and how backstories add not only to your haunt’s Web site, but also to training actors, costuming, building the haunt, and to your patrons’ experience. Whether you’re just starting out or have been haunting for years, this class will take your haunt to the next level of professionalism and success.