The Monster under the Bed: How to Create Monsters and Characters in Horror (Online) - Nottingham Trent University

The Monster under the Bed: How to Create Monsters and Characters in Horror (Online) - Nottingham Trent University


This two-hour 100% online workshop, delivered via Zoom, will help you establish the fundamentals of character development in horror writing.

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

On this workshop you’ll look at how to most effectively create believable, complex and memorable characters for fictional horror writing.

During the workshop you will:

- examine the attributes of the monster and characters in horror
- take part in a dynamic group discussion on effective character development
- consider how to make your character resonate with the audience
- complete writing tasks from prompts
- gain feedback on your writing style.

What will I gain?

By the end of the session you’ll have built confidence in your writing skills and have some new ideas to develop a monster or character and further pursue your horror writing.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Entry requirement: No previous experience is necessary.

Here's what our previous attendees said:

'I enjoyed hearing different people's perspectives and I'm looking forward to the longer courses I'm signed up to' KS

'Great conversation around the theory and practical steps to writing'

'I enjoyed exploring the questions posed by the tutor and applying them to my own work. It helped me think about different ways to consider my characters and how they interact with each other. Thank you Charlotte!'

‘The process to building a character helped me to start to formulate an idea’

'I really enjoyed the exercises and found them very thought provoking.’

'Really got me thinking about my own characters, and the idea of the monster not always being the stereotypical monster. Charlotte is great, really knowledgeable and her enthusiasm really shines through for the topic! CS

‘Charlotte was welcoming and engaging, the course itself sped by and I found myself wishing I was spending more time learning. She introduced a variety of questions and absolutely furthered my critical thinking in regards to the subject matter. I have been directed to a series of places to further my learning on the topic and feel far more knowledgeable now than I ever did before, in just a short two hours of meeting. A massive thank you to Charlotte - I will most definitely be attending more courses with her in the future.' KN

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.

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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