Thrills and Chills: Writing Crime, Suspense and Horror - Nottingham Trent University



Embark on a psychological thriller, a crime novel, or your very own collection of blood-curdling short stories on this course and chill your readers and raise the stakes. Over two intensive, fun, and practical days, you’ll be delving into haunting settings and your characters’ darkest secrets, as well as developing tension, crafting creepy moments and effective action scenes. Whether you're an aspiring or experienced writer looking to delve into the world of dark mysteries, nail-biting suspense, or bone-chilling horror, this course is designed to sharpen your storytelling skills and help you master the art of eliciting fear, intrigue, and excitement from your audience to create truly thrilling and chilling prose. This course will equip you with the skills and confidence to captivate and terrify your readers. You’ll get writing straight away using a range of exercises using writing prompts to get you going. You’ll learn techniques for writing dark fiction and look at inspirational work and advice from an exciting range of successful crime, mystery and horror writers. During this course, you will: • explore the core elements of crime, suspense, and horror genres • analyse successful examples of these genres in literature • develop a deeper understanding of plot, pacing, and tension-building techniques • create complex and compelling protagonists and antagonists • delve into the psychology of fear and suspense to understand character motivations • work on character development exercises to bring your characters to life • construct immersive settings that enhance the mood and atmosphere of your story. • experiment with sensory description and world-building techniques • learn how to manipulate your environment to create tension and fear • fine-tune your writing style to create a sense of dread, anticipation, and excitement • learn how to edit and revise your work to maximize its impact • receive feedback from your peers and tutor to refine your work. Classroom discussions and critiques will be combined with a variety of practical exercises. By the end of the course, you will have a variety of writing projects in development, and a network of fellow writers and potential collaborators with whom you can progress your work further. Tutor Biography: Megan Taylor is the author of four dark novels, How We Were Lost, The Dawning, The Lives of Ghosts and We Wait. Her next novel, a psychological thriller, is due to be published by Bloodhound Books in 2024. She has also written a short story collection, The Woman Under the Ground, and since its release, further short stories have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies and been placed in several competitions. Megan has an MA, with Distinction, in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University. She has been running creative writing courses and workshops for over a decade.

What's included in the price?

Two days of quality tuition with experienced tutor. Certificate of attendance upon completion.


2 days

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Accommodation offered
  • Intermediate level
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Public transport
  • UK Holiday
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Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Nottingham, 50 Shakespeare Street, NG1 4FQ