Workshop Registration & Membership Site

Workshop Registration & Membership Site

Writing for Horror

  • November 03, 2016
  • 18:00 - 21:00
  • 5663 Cornwallis St. Suite 101
  • 10


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A study of the diverse and riveting genre that is horror! Participants will learn genre specific tips and techniques while looking at the difference between horror and other genres. Prepare to scare the pants off your audience; this workshop is going to take you for a terrifying ride!

This workshop is best taken with some knowledge of screenwriting but it is not mandatory (Intro to screenwriting is October 18th for those interested). Participants are encouraged to bring a story idea to discuss if time permits. 

Price: $40/50+HST (AFCOOP members / non-members)

INSTRUCTOR: Mark Palermo is a local writer and filmmaker. His feature screenplay Detention (co-authored with its director, music video veteran Joseph Kahn) was independently produced, and then distributed theatrically by Sony Pictures in 2012. The teen comedy/horror genre mashup stars Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Dane Cook (Mr. Brooks), Shanley Caswell (The Conjuring), and Spencer Locke (Resident Evil: Extinction).Detention had a strong run at film festivals, premiering at South By Southwest, and garnering some enthusiastic reviews and a devoted cult.

Palermo was the chief film critic for The Coast, Halifax's Weekly from 1999 to 2011. Over this period, Palermo reviewed over 2000 films. He has conducted interviews with such filmmakers as Atom Egoyan, Rob Zombie, Mira Nair, Guillermo del Toro, and John Dahl. His cultural essays have more recently been published online at PopMatters and

Additionally, Palermo has written television commercial and music video treatments. These projects have included work for Burger King, Taco Bell, Johnnie Walker, HP, Lexus, and Verizon, and many others, and have involved artists such as Rihanna, Vanessa Hudgens, Keri Hilson, Nicole Scherzinger and Mariah Carey.

As movies were always his primary interest, Palermo wrote and directed several local short films during this time. The Killing of Kings (2004) was a 30-min horror movie shot for a few hundred dollars. The youth sex comedy Later That Stevening followed in 2006. Both movies show an affinity for combing different genres within a single narrative.

In 2008, he directed the music video "The Route" for Canadian rapper Wordburglar. It received considerable airplay on MuchMusic.

He’s currently at work on a variety of projects.

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