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

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

About the Course

During this 100% online course, delivered via Zoom, you’ll 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.

On this course you’ll examine the key tropes of horror fiction, from zombies and vampires to the ‘final girl’ and look at the importance of creating a unique selling point to your writing.

There’ll be online lectures, group discussions and writing tasks, with feedback from both the tutor and your peers.

During the course you will:

- learn how to develop your writing through atmosphere and emotion
- outline the pleasures of horror for the audience
- examine the common storytelling devices
- develop believable horror characters that will engage your readers
- investigate how monsters and threats inform the narrative
- take part in a dynamic group discussions about effective horror writing
- complete creative writing tasks from prompts
- use the prompts to try writing various types of fiction
- gain feedback on your writing style.

You’ll discover what it takes to keep the reader wanting more, and will finish the course by looking at editing, drafting, proofreading, approaching a publisher and marketing.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course you’ll have built confidence in your writing skills and have new ideas in horror writing to pursue.

You’ll also have a supportive network of fellow writers to potentially work with and have access to a variety of online resources.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Entry requirement: No previous experience is necessary.

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 fictional and nonfictional publications.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Six weeks of quality online tuition with an experienced tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Indicative maximum class size: 12


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6 weeks (6:00pm to 8:00pm)

Next available date

1st February 2021

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Suitable for

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

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