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


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.

Here's what our previous attendees said:

"Charlotte's insight into the horror genre is fascinating. I found the course intriguing and inspirational. I really enjoyed the step-by-step aspect of the course, and after each step I was able to put it together to advance my work. I also enjoyed reading the books that Charlotte recommended, which I would not necessarily have come across on my own. For the length of the course we covered a lot and I would love to carry on and learn more. Charlotte's feedback was fantastic and really spurred me on to do more. Thank you, I look forward to doing more courses in the future." - AR

"Charlotte is so kind, helpful and super talented (I've read her book, Themis). She's so passionate about her work, it gives you confidence to share ideas without any fear or worry. The course gives you a wonderful insight into building tension and horror and I couldn't recommended it highly enough. I feel very supported, and very valued." - AM

"I loved the course and I'm glad I did it. Charlotte is really passionate about writing and horror and the whole experience has given me a much-needed push to start writing. I couldn't have asked for a better tutor, thank you! I especially enjoyed the creative writing exercises we completed, these were amazing for generating new ideas and finding my creative voice. Charlotte was really engaging and friendly as a tutor and quickly put me at ease, which was greatly appreciated as this was my first creative writing course." - HD

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

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

Charlotte has over fifty fictional and nonfictional publications including a series of novellas, short stories, and articles.

She spends her time with family, drinking coffee, walking, and conversing with the various monsters that float around in her imagination.

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?

Six weeks of quality online tuition with an experienced tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Indicative maximum class size: 12


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This course is taught online

Suitable for

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


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

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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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