Introduction to Writing Horror Fiction: The Devil's in the Detail - Online (evening) - Nottingham Trent University

Introduction to Writing Horror Fiction: The Devil's in the Detail - Online (evening) - Nottingham Trent University


This two-hour 100% online workshop delivered on Zoom will help you establish the fundamentals of writing horror fiction.

It’s aimed at anyone interested in creative writing for the horror genre, whether you have done any previous writing before or are a complete beginner.

You will examine the key tropes of horror fiction, from zombies and vampires to the ‘final girl’ and look at the importance of creating your own unique selling point to your writing.

During the course you will:

- understand how to develop your writing through atmosphere and emotion
- take part in a dynamic group discussion on effective horror writing
- complete writing tasks from prompts
- gain feedback on your writing style.

What will I gain?

By the end of the session you will have built confidence in your writing skills and have some new ideas to further pursue your horror writing.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Entry requirement: No previous experience is necessary.

Here's what our previous attendees said:

'"I enjoyed it all, and listening to other writers' feedback. I will look out for other courses by Charlotte. It was informative and informal enough to stop me from stressing about my writing." SJ

'"Thoroughly enjoyed this course. Charlotte was friendly and knowledgeable and it was a small class size which worked really well. I enjoyed learning about sub-genres and tropes of horror" CS

'"This was excellent, I enjoyed the whole thing - I'm going to sign up for the six week course" KS

"I enjoyed all of it, I thought it was great to hear other people's perspectives and how they create stories" LA

'Brilliant ideas and exploration of the horror genre, tropes and how to get started. It made me think more clearly about the sub-genres, the relationships between characters and monsters, creating atmosphere. It was a really useful session, thanks to Charlotte who was enthusiastic, friendly and insightful.' MH

'Thank you Charlotte - it's been really useful for my brain!' EK

'I enjoyed the course which was my first experience of doing something by Zoom, learning about the nuts and bolts of horror fiction and the sub genres' LF

'Thank you! Definitely want to attend another one of your courses!' TG

'It was an opportunity to share ideas, talk about horror and fiction and break down the structure of horror stories, it was really great' CN

'Excellent course, I will definitely sign up to more sessions in the future. Charlotte is really passionate and knowledgeable on the subject and had great advice to help us really start to think about how to develop our ideas. She made the session feel comfortable and her encouragement meant I felt happy and confident enough to share my thoughts' EW

Tutor Profile: Charlotte Baker is an author and an associate lecturer and PhD student at the University of Derby.

She has an interest in horror, identification, true crime and fandom.

Charlotte has over thirty fiction and non-fiction publications.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Two hours of expert tuition from an experienced tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Indicative maximum class size: 12


Creative Short Courses at Nottingham Trent University

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Spooky
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


1 evening (6:00pm to 8:00pm)

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Penny - - #32693

Our course tutor was extremely well versed in the subject and her enthusiasm was infectious. She also passed on great tips and advice for aspiring writers of the genre.

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